Michele Leroux Bustamante explains the most relevant WS-* standards used today in terms of their actual implementation among WS platforms (with a focus on Java and .NET), their level of adoption and readiness. If you are new to web services or to the WS* protocols, or you are having difficulty keeping up with the pace of change in this area, this article should help.
InfoQ had a chance to talk to WS-* expert and WSO2 CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, one of the fathers and a firm advocate of the WS-* architectural vision, we questioned him on the WS-* platform and his views on Microsoft's role in standardization. Sanjiva also took the opportunity to address "WS-* and REST myths".
Pete Lacey, formerly working with Systinet and now with Burton Group, recently became well-known in the SOA community because of a series of blog posts starting with a very funny one entitled "S stands for Simple". In this interview, Pete talks to InfoQ about the problems he sees with Web services in general, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI, as well as advanced standards from the WS-* family.
The Java vs. NET war is over. Ted Neward looks at how we can leverage the strengths of each together, such as MS Office as a rich client over J2EE, or WPF Gui's over Java POJO's, and more. 19