Giving Alphabet Soup a Bad Name

Giving Alphabet Soup a Bad Name

Summary: For those of you who have had your fill of standards, you're in good company. In the latest Web services study I just wrapped up for Evans Data, we found that even the early adopters still aren't quite up to speed with the alphabet soup.

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For those of you who have had your fill of standards, you're in good company. In the latest Web services study I just wrapped up for Evans Data, we found that even the early adopters still aren't quite up to speed with the alphabet soup. (The 427 developers surveyed were pre-screened to make sure they were involved in Web services.) Granted, some of this stuff is still works in progress, but beyond XML and SOAP, we're seeing a disconnect between theory and practice.

For the top four specifications in the Web services chain - the basic stuff - results tilt in favor of hands-on knowledge, though people are still on the fence with UDDI. (Totals don't add up to 100% because there is also a "somewhat familiar" category I left out.):

Hands-on experience with:
XML: 74% (Don't know XML: 9%)
SOAP: 58% (Don't know SOAP: 17%)
WSDL: 42% (Don't know WSDL: 33%)
UDDI: 33% (Don't know UDDI: 31%)

For additional specifications, however, things tilt the other way:

Hands-on experience with:
Java Message Service (JMS): 24% (Don't know JMS: 43%)
WS-Security: 45% (Don't know WS-S: 55%)
BPEL: 29% (Don't know BPEL: 71%)
ebXML: 39% (Don't know ebXML: 61%)
WS-Choreography: 10% (Don't know WS-C: 65%)








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