The NY Times and Web Services. Steve Lohr offers to the masses a high-level introduction to the technology and politics of web services. But Dave Winer of Userland Software vehemently disagrees. Dave and I have traded email on this subject in the past, and while I agree with him that desktop-to-desktop and desktop-to-server applications of web services have already proven to be exciting--albeit not yet too far from the sandbox--they're not the only games in town. It's true that the business-to-business web services touted by the BigCos get most of the press coverage, but that's the way it's always been. And having seen what's already in use at both ends of the web-services spectrum, I've found the BigCo version even more revolutionary.
But it's not an either/or in any case. There's no reason web-services technology can't be used in both environments, and I predict the results will be equally dramatic in both camps. There's no need to trash once vision in order to promote the other. I don't think Dave's going to like my new book, since it's all about (as he refers to it) that BigCo view of web services. But I'll send him a copy anyway. :-)
Posted Monday, February 03, 2003 9:34:19 AM