RE: The Yahoo of SOAP Services.

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From: Tony Hong (
Date: Fri Sep 29 2000 - 01:28:21 PDT

First of all, thanks Adam R for the kind welcome... It's good to be here.
Just a quick clarification re SOAP:

On Fri, 29 Sep 2000, Adam Rifkin wrote:

>Is this where everyone and their self->mother reimplements everything
>CGI in SOAP, like we reimplemented everything C++ into Java, everything
>C in C++, everything FORTRAN in C... *yawn*

Actually , SOAP<->CGI isn't exactly analogous to C++ <-> Java . In fact, a
couple of the SOAP services implemented at XMethods are actually running as
PERL CGI applications themselves. SOAP implementations can use CGI (or
servlet engine for that matter)to process an incoming XML stream for
system-to-system communications in the same way that a webapp uses CGI to
process incoming HTML for browser to webserver communications.

Maybe a better way to think about it , is that SOAP <-> [ ad-hoc XML over
HTTP ] is analogous to C++ <-> C . But then again, ad-hoc XML over HTTP
isn't exactly a dominent paradigm outside of the B2B community (where it is
driven by platforms like webMethods, Extricity, etc) so it's not like a lot
of cloning / reimplementation is going on there. And the B2B'ers will be
moving to SOAP - Biztalk is a case in point - now that it exists.



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