Mike Champion:: "Third, it is true that IBM and MS have bet heavily on web services technologies, but at least after the initial flourish of web services hype in about 2001, they have not touted them as the balm for all web developers' pain. Instead, they are driven by the requirements of enterprise developers who need to both preserve their investments in complex legacy systems that actually work while moving to integrate them with cheap, powerful, and ubiquitous desktop and internet systems. RESTful success stories such as flickr and Amazon tend to have build built from the ground up for the Web, whereas the target audience for WS-* generally does not have that luxury."
I don't agree with everything Mike says here, but there is some good stuff.
SOAP and REST
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