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Technology Won’t Stand Still

Am phased. Head now crammed with knowledge of the various XML APIs in .NET [http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/system.xml.aspx]. This is good as it lets me write more, but bad as I can envisage at least six ways to do each task without the context of which is the way developers would take in a real world scenario. Sometimes being a researcher sucks. As Chris [http://www.atomicwise.com] keeps pointing out, it’s all very well having this knowledge in your head, but until you actually build a few substantial things, no-one will employ you as a programmer. Books don’t count. As I don’t particularly want to be a programmer, this doesn’t hugely affect me, but it’s something for people to be aware of.

Meanwhile, as we wait in baited breath for the ratification of SOAP 1.2 [http://www.w3.com/tr/soap12] (the final call for comments is tomorrow), the W3C are starting new ventures which affect us (Web Services Choreography Working Group [http://www.w3.org/2002/ws/chor/]) and updating old ones (Requirements for XML Schemas 1.1 [http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/WD-xmlschema-11-req-20030121/]). Of course, that doesn’t mean everything will go swimmingly. Like the patent problems with SOAP 1.2, it looks like the choreography WG has already got its work cut out for it [http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2908887,00.html]to keep web services technology unsullied by those who’d rather make a quick buck.

Posted on January 23, 2003   #.NET Web Services  






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