Web Services Standards Cant Be Rigged
Curse those big software vendors. Now they're out to take over the world by rigging the standards for Web services so that they lock developers into proprietary languages and keep the little guys out of the lucrative Web services market.Curse those big software vendors. Now theyre out to take over the world by rigging the standards for Web services so that they lock developers into proprietary languages and keep the little guys out of the lucrative Web services market. At least thats what some in the developer community say. But the companies they are saying this about are IBM, Microsoft and Sun. Now, Im willing to buy into almost any wacky conspiracy theory, but I cant see these three agreeing on much of anything, never mind agreeing to cook Web services standardsWSDL in particularso that the standards lock others out but work well for all three of their respective development platforms. Frankly, I would find it much more likely to believe that Microsoft and Sun, in particular, would do whatever it takes to make sure a standard wouldnt work on the others platforms.
A semivalid argument from the conspiracy crowd is that standards such as WSDL arent necessary, anyway. After all, most Web services can be built using XML and current Web standards. But this way of doing things makes it very hard to have standardized services that can be ported easily from one business to another.