Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.

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The true meaning of SOAP

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.

November 30, 2004 by


39 patents... seven days...

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.

November 29, 2004 by


The Amazone

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.

November 29, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Patents pending

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.

November 25, 2004 by


Standards revolt

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.

November 24, 2004 by


No strain, no gain

As if we don't have enough to worry about, there's a new crisis in the offing. A report making the rounds predicts that we'll soon be straining the capacity of our networks, which may be unable to handle the rising tide of XML and Web services messages.

November 23, 2004 by


Making magic

Abracadabra, here's Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant covering "Web-Services-Enabled Software" (3Q04). The category is defined here as "a composite market, with functionality embedded in software products that are not being developed or sold primarily for those capabilities.

November 23, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Is REST for the weary? (or wary?)

Last week, Britton talked about the REST approach, based more on existing Web standards and protocols than newer Web services specifications coming out of standards bodies. IONA CTO Eric Newcomer shares his thoughts on the REST vs.

November 23, 2004 by