Web Services Fate in Developers Hands
The prospect of web services is finally moving from promise to potential, and that means developers will have to start choosing their weapons.The prospect of web services is finally moving from promise to potential, and that means developers will have to start choosing their weapons. Last week, Microsoft, which long ago figured out that courting developers is a key to success, introduced its service tool kit and seriously began the courting process. For those of you not ready to wade through the new .Net class libraries and JLCA (the new Java Language Conversion Assistant), you should rest assured that Microsofts Visual Studio .Net is indeed the biggest change to the companys development strategy since the Visual Basic 1.0 introduction in 1991. Web services will never fulfill the promise of seamless, Web-enabled businesses without a development community that will wrestle the hype into code. And developers, once they master a development environment, are reluctant to take on a new platform. Winning over developers is pivotal in determining whether the Web services environment unfolds under the Microsoft, Sun or IBM umbrellaor even some open-source umbrella unbeholden to any vendor.
For those who do want to wade through .Net and JLCA, see Peter Coffees review of Visual Studio .Net in this weeks issue. Peter is the premier analyst of development tools in the technology arena, and I cant imagine anyone else better equipped to make sense of this hugely important but hugely complex product. Once youve read through the review, Id suggest going to our Web site to click through Peters walk-through of VS .Net. As Peter says, "No development shop should attempt to learn this whole thing at once."