I’m here to give a talk tomorrow at the Cities of Knowledge conference, on the topic of citizen use of public data. Walking past Trinity College I saw a sign for Vordel. Hey, I know those guys! Stopped in to have a chat, and while I was there I asked them how they’re getting along now that REST has vanquished WS-*. Of course, from their perspective, that hasn’t happened at all. “For banks and insurance companies,” said VP of Engineering Dave McKenna, “it’s XML in, XML out.”
There’s more than one way to do it.
Update: Vordel’s Mark O’Neill adds:
With our XML Gateways you can support SOAP and REST with the same Web Services, and apply the same policy umbrella to both: http://radio.weblogs.com/0111797/2007/10/05.html
Exactly. As Mark says in that posting, “it isn’t a case of ‘either/or’ for SOAP And REST.” And with today’s release-to-manufacturing of .NET Framework 3.5, REST support in the Windows Communication Foundation means that, there too, you can choose the style that suits your need.