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Subject: Re: [ebxml-dev] WS vs ebXML poll

At 05:00 AM 6/14/02, gummi@dimonsoftware.com wrote:
Strange poll,
1) The option "Web Services make more sense" is weaker
   than "ebXML is superior", and therefore likely to
   get votes and
2) I can't see how people can really see these two
   technologies as condradicting, we use web services
   _and_ ebXML, but each for a different purposes.
   Apples and oranges, which is superior?!?

I think you and JJ are exactly right, and posted substantially the same comment to the poll site:

Topic: unparseable ebXML poll
Author: Jamie Clark
Time:  14.06.2002 15:05
What low-attention-span person defined this poll?  There is no "versus"; this isn't West Side Story.  Web services are not one fixed set of schema owned by somebody.  They are a group of open transport, resource discovery and resource description standards.  Some have acheived consensus (like SOAP), some are just starting to coalesce (like the resource description candidates), and some are just naked power grabs too recent to assess in terms of market adoption.

I can't vote on ebXML "versus" web services because the first is a subset of the second.  So are WS-I, .NET, Sun One, etc., etc.  I COULD vote on ebXML versus WS-I, the vendor-centric effort to tie the market to IBM-Microsoft-Verisign products and proprietary security algorithms ... but that wasn't your poll.

Jamie Clark
ebXML participant and partisan, e-commerce lawyer, and guy who doesn't sell any software

Of course, it was nice to see that we got voluntary support from a bunch of voters anyway.  

~ James Bryce Clark
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