RE: WSIO vs. Semantic Web
Part of being an insider means not listening to certain conversations. It is the Queen Elizabeth approach to the cocktail party gossip. Don't hear what you must not know. Ballmer is a cheerleader for his products and that IS his job. He does it well. The press runs with it and will stir the pot by whatever means because that is THEIR job. As a member of the TAG and the "ear of the TAG on XML-Dev", you might have noticed the REST thread. It indicates that there are definitely alternatives to how web services can be implemented. As a TAG member, this should be of some interest to you. What is unfortunate, but also comes with your job, is that you may have to sort this out and stand either here, or in front of the most powerful members of the W3C and say, "IMO and IAW my responsibilities to the TAG, one of you loses". Not fun. But you can't just push it back to Ballmer. That plays right into the hands of the press and makes the appearance of controversy reality. It can't be spun as an organization (WSIO) vs an initiative (Semantic Web). It has to be web service architecture A vs web service architecture B. Then it is priority of investment and resources to one task or the other (do we spend our time sorting out the semantic web or web services? can we do both and still retain our imprimatur?) len -----Original Message----- From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@t...] Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 10:40 PM To: Joshua Allen Cc: xml-dev@l... Subject: Re: WSIO vs. Semantic Web Joshua Allen wrote: > http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-835247.html > > Looks like the beginnings of an invented controversy. "AI-Nut Semantic > Webbers vs. Greedy Conglomerate Web Service-ites". I would hate to see > people fall for this ploy to write exciting copy and end up polarizing > their opinions. I blame Steve Ballmer. When I talked to Festa I had just heard another one of Steve's rants about how XML and Web Services were bigger than the Internet, bigger than the PC, bigger than God, etc... Sigh. Interesting detail: Festa researched this story weeks and weeks ago... guess he couldn't find a real news item - until ws-i gave him a (pathetically frail) nail to hang a story on. Sigh again. -Tim ----------------------------------------------------------------- The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl>
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