The association of SOA with SOAP, and to the inevitable ends of religiou
Hi, It seems to me that SOA is quite clearly associated in most people's minds with SOAP and the various Web Services specs. Now there may be various reasons for this, for example: 1. The association is wholly the product of uninformed people associating the generic term services with Web Services, or the use of the term Web Services in descriptions of SOA with SOAP based webservices. 2. The association is wholly the product of uninformed people thinking that the three letters SOA are somehow related to the first three letters of SOAP, which they are in an alphabetical manner but otherwise not. (I've seen this argument once, I thought it was interesting) 3. The association is quite clearly caused by every SOA and SOAP guru talking up that association over the last couple years. 4. some confluence of these factors. Now I am pretty much prone to accepting number 3 as the reason, especially when I go through the various SOA books in Safari and they all talk about the marvels of WS-* and so forth and mention REST in very disparaging tones, if at all. This brings me in a round about way to something I have noticed in the last few months (I guess more accurately over the last year since it was evident the WebServices winner had been declared) which is SOA evangelists and architects and so forth first trying to downplay the association with SOAP instead of embracing it(it seems to me it is the last year when I have started to hear more often the argument #1 in the above list) and to start to talk about REST and SOA together. In the case of people talking about REST as SOA or other combinations of these terms it seems that there has been a marked hostility in the community of people who were on the REST side in the recent religious war (although maybe religious war is not the right term since these are generally considered to be wars over meaningless things and not wars over important technical principals) to the linking of SOA and REST. So the question now is: with REST the winner just how forgiving will the new dominion be, and how ruthlessly will the spoils be divided? (please formulate own poetical metaphors for the destruction of heretics and associated activities: scourging etc. ) Cheers, Bryan Rasmussen
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