One more thought from the software patent front. There is hope yet that bad or obvious patents can be invalidated or withdrawn.
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It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 software patents inexistence, according to Gregory Aharonian, editor of the InternetPatent News Service and Bustpatents.com, quoted last month in Baseline.
Given the growing concerns about a new XML performance crisis that Joe discusses in a prior post, it's worth noting that some of the most impressive new entrants in the Web services field such as Amazon and eBay are playing without service guarantees. In a recent piece at Loosely Coupled, David Longworth notes that the absence of such guarantees isn't holding back new developments and innovations.
A few years back, I was involved with an organization called the"Society of Office Automation Professionals," or SOAP. The organizationhas gone down the drain (pun intended), but SOAP lives on as an important acronym in theindustry.
In a previous blogentry, I mentioned the so-called XML performance crisis that may bring down SOA and Web services networks in the near future. Colin Adam (of Webservices.
In Friday's post, we discussed the urgency of a patent auction taking place December 6th that could put some of our most fundamental Web services standards in the hands of the highest bidder. Here's more perspective on the urgency of the matter in an eWeek editorial.
Amazon is certainly one of the key players to watch in the emerging field of Web services. Ithas rolled out a powerful platform thatextends the value of its brand, while driving revenue through acommission-based model.
Software may be growing increasingly ubiquitous. But that just means the problems associated with poor design are growing as well.
If things don't go right at the federal bankruptcy court in San Francisco this December 6th, Web services could potentially have its very own SCO Group drama at some time in the not-so-distant future. There's an effort underway in what could be the industry's most important test to date of its ability to shield Web services methods from legal shenanigans.
It isn't often that you see a groundswell of opposition rise to a specification in "Last Call" mode. That's why there's been quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere and beyond over Rich Salz's scathing critique of the new Web Services Description Language spec (WSDL 2.