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WS-* vs. REST: Mashing up the Truth from Facts, Myths and Lies



In this presentation, recorded at QCon, WSO2's CEO and WSDL co-inventor Sanjiva Weerawarana tries to address some of the myths and lies surrounding the REST-vs.-WS-* debate. He argues that while both camps claim how "easy" it is to build distributed business applications using their favorite technological approach, building distributed applications simply remains a hard problem.


Before he founded WSO2, Sanjiva Weerawarana was one of the fathers of the Web services platform while working at IBM Research. He has co-authored many WS-* specifications including WSDL, BPEL4WS, WS-Addressing, WS-RF and WS-Eventing, led the creation of IBM SOAP4J which later became Apache SOAP, and went on to architect and implement many other products, including Apache Axis, and Apache WSIF.

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Jan 10, 2009