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TL Tew
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How widely-adopted is SOAP at its current stage as a tool for application integration and how's would the growth rate be like? Any advantages ....you know as compared to more proven/adopted approaches like CORBA, and messaging middleware like MQSeries?
 
William Brogden
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first question: I have not the faintest idea about the current penetration, but with Microsoft, IBM, Sun etc. pushing, you can bet that a lot of companies are considering it.
2nd question: One problem with CORBA is that it is not all that well standardized and inter-operable. The web services vision is of LOTs of informal links being created between all sorts of systems on a dynamic basis - only possible with absolute standardization. Messaging Middleware !LOVES! SOAP because it can transport complex data in a standardized way.
Right now you only hear about SOAP over HTTP but it is also great for messaging based systems. Most developers have not yet tumbled to the possibilities in JMS, JavaSpaces/JINI and similar technologies.
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Jim Baiter
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CORBA is fulfilling much more functionality than SOAP. The portion that SOAP would compete against would be the marshalling protocol used by GIOP. However, I believe the OMG is considering adopting the CORBA framework to support a SOAP marshalling. This is an older link but you can search omg.org for more.
http://www.omg.org/news/releases/pr2000/2000-09-20.htm
 
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