Fwd: UserLand Submits SOAP to W3C

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From: Rohit Khare (rohit@uci.edu)
Date: Wed May 10 2000 - 12:07:00 PDT

[No Comment at present... RK]

Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 00:29:35 GMT
To: "DaveNet World" <davenet-world@scripting.com>
From: dave@scripting.com (DaveNet email)
Subject: UserLand Submits SOAP to W3C
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Good afternoon!

Earlier today UserLand, Ariba, Commerce One, Compaq, Developmentor,
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IONA, Lotus, Microsoft and SAP jointly proposed to
the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) a new protocol called the Simple Object
Access Protocol (SOAP) that will allow new applications connecting desktop
applications to Internet servers using the standards of the Internet, HTTP
and XML.


Includes quotes from Tod Nielsen, Tim O'Reilly, Noah Mendelsohn, Kevin
Werbach, Jakob Nielsen, Doc Searls, Fredrik Lundh and Paul Everitt.


Standardized distributed computing protocols will make it easier for
developers of Web applications to integrate functionality with each other.
For example, membership information can be exchanged between sites from
different companies, running in different server environments. I believe
this will have an effect on the structure of the Internet industry, as
companies implementing standardized interfaces have opportunities to
acquire or merge with companies they are compatible with.

Further, the philosophy of SOAP is no lock-in. If one vendor implements a
SOAP interface for a Web application, then that application can be replaced
by a competitive service that supports an equivalent interface. Microsoft,
as the dominant operating system vendor and a serious competitor in the
server operating system business, is to be commended, in UserLand's
opinion, for taking a leading role in this area. Other developers of
server operating systems are encouraged to support SOAP, and accept the no
lock-in challenge. This will be good news for customers and for developers
of network applications.

UserLand is playing a leading role in the deployment of network
applications that interface through XML-over-HTTP. We already have four
full network apps, Manila, MailToTheFuture, a preferences distribution
system and a search engine that are scriptable through these protocols. We
have dozens of littler ones, this technology has basically become a
standard part of our development process. As far as we know, we are at this
time the only developer to have deployed public applications that are
accessible in this way. All our interfaces are open, publicly documented
and subject to competition, which is welcome.

I have the zeal of a True Believer, I think that this is what the Grown Up
Web was meant to be, combining the best that HTTP has to offer and great
server operating systems, and the best that the desktop has to offer in
tools and user interfaces.

Hope you're having a great day and thanks for reading DaveNet.

Dave Winer

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