Archive for the 'WS-Whatever' Category

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Microsoft frees 35 standards

I got this link from Eve, and to think, I never even knew there was a consortiuminfo.org. The Microsoft Open Specifications Promise irrevocably lets any interested parties implement and use a list of technologies without fear of getting sued (at least sued by Microsoft). It is similar in tone and scope to earlier declarations about the Office XML formats, and the declaration from Sun about UBL. I’m not a lawyer, so if I’ve described this badly, get a real lawyer to explain it. :-P
This is a smart move; since obviously a great deal of work went into producing these standards, I’m sure Microsoft plans to benefit more by growing the “whole market” (in the language of _Crossing the Chasm_) then they would by nickle-and-dime asserting patent rights. They also come out far, far better in public opinion, especially among those most affected by these standards.
There’s another angle worth considering–the defensive. Giving away patent rights carte blanche might at first seem like a funny kind of defense, but here’s how it works: after today, what would happen if BigWebServicesCo started shaking down implementers of WS-Whatever? The attacker would be savagely torn apart in the court of public opinion, that’s what. Submarine patents are dirty business, so for a bigger target, creating an environment more hostile to such bad behavior is a powerful strategy.

Of course, smallish parasitic patent troll companies won’t be deterred much, but then again nothing seems to.

I’m optimistic that this is part of a positive trend. I’ll even refrain from further opinions on the WS-* technologies. :-) -m

Friday, June 16th, 2006

10 things to change your thinking…

when building REST XML protocols. Kimbro Staken. Good stuff. -m

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Overheard: SOAP=Snakes On A Plane

Heh. (heard by way of mnot via yaron) -m

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

WS-Addressing is a Rec

Pronounced “wreck”, as the old saw goes.

I can’t be the only one for whom this document makes no sense, which I mean in the broader sense of ‘how does this fit in to the rest of the world’. Many times, looking at the testimonials gives some idea what’s going on. Let’s see…

…frees Web services from the classic HTTP request/response

Huh?

Many other specifications, such as WS-Trust, WS-ReliableMessaging, and WS-Coordination, leverage this facility…

This calls for a new category, WS-Whatever. Sigh. -m

P.S. Looks like Mark Baker has similar thoughts.