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Interview with Sanjiva Weerawarana: Debunking REST/WS-* Myths

InfoQ's Stefan Tilkov had a chance to talk to Sanjiva Weerawarana, who founded WSO2 after having spent nearly 8 years in IBM Research, where he was one of the founders of the Web services platform. During that time, he co-authored many Web services specifications including WSDL, BPEL4WS, WS-Addressing, WS-RF and WS-Eventing. He lead the creation of IBM SOAP4J, which was released just 2 days after the SOAP 1.1 specification was released and which later became Apache SOAP. He went on to architect and implement many other products, including Apache Axis, Apache WSIF, the IBM Web Services Gateway and IBM BPWS4J, a BPEL4WS implementation, and was a key driver of IBMs Web services technical strategy.

Sanjiva has been involved with Open Source software both in IBM and in Apache for several years. In addition to the Apache Web services projects, Sanjiva is the father of Apache Jakarta BSF and also contributed to Apache Xalan. He is also a co-editor of the WSDL 2.0 specification.

As 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".

Read the interview here.

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