Home > Internet > Tech Giants Drive New Web Services Tech Giants Drive New Web Services Eugenia Loli 2002-08-11 Internet 5 Comments Microsoft, IBM and BEA Systems plan to announce new specifications Monday that the companies hope will help drive adoption of Web services. Read the report at ZDNews, but where is Sun’s involvement? Clearly there should be some. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 5 Comments 2002-08-11 4:26 am Anonymous I wonder if these will become open standards and royalty free. 2002-08-11 5:34 pm Anonymous What they are talking about here are standards for orchestration a la Biztalk. I don’t believe Sun has anything in this area, which may explain their lack of involvement. Or maybe it’s because Sun hasn’t exactly been the one blazing the path for web services. The real champion for the Java side has been IBM. All of that aside, it is nice to see something is being done to address the issue of defining a process with web services. 2002-08-11 11:51 pm Anonymous Web services and all of the related infrastructure looks like a tremendous job opportunity, perhaps the largest segment of opportunity that exists right now. For developers who are wondering how to put bread on the table, I’d suggest delving into web services. As for Sun, I don’t know why there is even an expectation that they should be involved. They have never been an innovative company, especially not in software. #m 2002-08-12 12:15 am Anonymous There is a catalog of lots of web services here: http://www.wsindex.org/ I post this because some people here have asked – “Where are these web services, anyway. They don’t seem to even exist.” 2002-08-12 3:49 am Anonymous I can understand how some people could get the impression that web services don’t exist yet. All of the web service work I’ve done up to this point has all been for intranet development, which isn’t visible outside of the company hosting it. Web services are picking up a lot of steam for integration of disparate systems. But until implementations of baseline WSA standards, XLANG/s, etc. are available for the major platforms, “real” public web services aren’t really feasible yet. Credit card processing, aggregating data by postal codes, that sort of thing… it will be nice when the infrastructure is there to support it.