Web Service and The Confusion within

by Tom Carroll

Jonathan Schwartz has an interesting article on his blog. I guess I should say that he has an interesting bullet point in the article. Bullet number 5 “Web services may collapse under its own weight” discusses the long running issues of standardization, lack of simplicity and overly diverse spec ecosystem. Now for the REST supporters this is a “No shit Sherlock” statement. I had a wonderful time working on the Web Services Architecture Working Group and personally agree that we are quickly approaching the crossroads with web services. There are to many definitions, to many specs, to many standards bodies, to many buzz words. So please Make it SIMPLE, Make it scaleable, Make it interoperable, and Make it affordable.