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Byte.com: .NET -- Bill Gates Has A Dream

Jul 05, 2000, 21:44 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

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"We already have first-generation Web services; they're powerful; the flip side of powerful is dangerous. CGI security holes have wrought at least as much havoc as have VBA holes, but few would have shunned the first-generation Web until "that CGI security hole" got plugged. There's no going back. We're going to have next-generation Web services, and we're going to have to learn -- probably the hard way -- how to control them."

"To a large extent it is Microsoft that has pioneered the modern conception of reusable binary packages of software. And, more generally, the notion of software development as a two-tiered affair involving components and glue, created respectively by component-builders and component-assemblers. This whole model is now transplanting itself to the Net. Microsoft gets this better than many in the open source community. Significantly, it's Microsoft that's been the real force behind SOAP."

"There's no reason why the open source world can't make all the necessary client-side magic happen in terms of open, interoperable standards. But that won't just happen by itself. There needs to be, on the part of the Linux, Java, and Mozilla forces, a clear and consciously articulated vision and road map. To me, that's the ultimate open source challenge: reaching consensus, and turning ideas into marching orders, without a single "chief software architect" such as Gates. Non-interoperability isn't a luxury Microsoft can any longer afford, when it's clear what it must interoperate with. Defining just what that will be is the OSS challenge. Leave a vacuum, and Microsoft will fill it..."

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