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IT-Director: Microsoft SOAP on the ROPEs

May 26, 2000, 14:15 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft seem to be keeping its SOAPy hands firmly to its chest. SOAP, or Simple Object Access Protocol, is a technology standard announced by the company as part of its DNA initiative. Essentially it involves using XML as a communications language to enable object and component services to be accessed remotely, for example over the Internet a kind of long-distance remote procedure call. Great idea, but now Microsoft seems to be balking at the principle of opening up a dialogue (as it were) about this new "standard"."

"Now, suggested The Register, SOAP is being kept quiet not for its own sake but for the sake of NGWS, upon which Microsoft's whole future may depend. Having seen Microsoft's fears that the ongoing court case may kill NGWS, this may well be true."

"...SOAP is following the same path as Java and with good reason like Sun, Microsoft do not want to lose control of the "standard" once it appears. ...to Microsoft, SOAP is a Java killer and more the company has set it sights on the whole EJB/CORBA caboodle. With an XML-based standard for application intercommunication, why bother with the layers of complex interfaces that have evolved around the Java spec? That's the marketing theory anyway the reality is that, with ROPE, Microsoft are re-inventing the request broker in their own image and hoping that its adopters will squeeze those nasty competitors out of the picture."

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