The great Web services debate

Web services is being positioned by the IT industry as the next great wave of innovation - but to succeed everyone will need to...

Web services is being positioned by the IT industry as the next great wave of innovation - but to succeed everyone will need to be talking the same language.

Industry standards are an important part of IT as they provide a framework on which people can build applications. But, in the case of Web services, a number of rival standards have emerged.

A de facto or supplier-owned standard may be the quickest route to start developing Web services, but is it the most sound? Web services could be the next iteration of the Internet. It should be possible to access Web services using any device, from anywhere in the world.

The situation is complicated by different people's different views of what actually constitutes a Web standard. There certainly appears to be a lot of confusion. If you have a view on what should be the standard technologies for Web services, CW360.com would like to hear from you.

This week UK developers can learn more about Microsoft's .Net strategy at the .Net Developer Conference 2001. To tie in with this event we asked Microsoft and Novell to discuss standards for Web services and the ways developers should go about building Web services today.

Read what Mark Greatorex, Microsoft .Net Developer Group director and Peter Joseph, director of corporate strategy at Novell EMEA, have to say about their approaches to developing standards for Web services >>

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