W3C Readies Soap 1.2 Spec

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-05-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlier this month, the W3C's XML Protocol Working Group released its final SOAP 1.2 specification (in W3C language, a Proposed Recommendation).

Earlier this month, the W3Cs XML Protocol Working Group released its final SOAP 1.2 specification (in W3C language, a Proposed Recommendation). SOAP is the core Web services standard, and the 1.2 specification caps two and a half years of development. For more details, click here.

Seven organizations have been developing SOAP 1.2-compatible products in step with the standards development process, and so I expect to see production-ready support announced concurrently with the standards final release.

The SOAP 1.2 Proposed Recommendation still needs to be approved by the entire W3C membership, a step that is almost always a formality and should happen in the next few weeks.

SOAP 1.2s biggest change is its merging of SOAP 1.1s structured HTTP invocation format with a new, much simpler invocation method based on passing method name and input parameters in an HTTP URL. This brings together the SOAP and the competing Representational State Transfer camps, a welcome unification in the Web services world.

SOAP 1.2 also offers numerous smaller cleanups over its predecessor, although it unfortunately continues to lack a security framework.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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