Boubez on SOA Policy

, Oct 26, 2005

An interesting interview with Layer 7 Technology’s CTO oufic Boubez (part 1, part 2):

What has happened a lot in the last few years is that you have tools that allow you to write code, whether it’s Java, .NET, C#,and then click a button and generate WSDL out of your code, which is to me an abomination. How can you write an interface after you write the code for it?

I agree, even though I think it would be even better to avoid WSDL altogether: the further you move away from the old-style RPC-inspired Web services approach to SOA, the more you recognize how little value it provides in relation to its cost.

On October 26, 2005 11:18 PM, Mark Baker said:

… and the closer you move to the Web 8-)

On January 10, 2006 12:24 AM, J said:

“the further you move away from the old-style RPC-inspired Web services approach to SOA, the more you recognize how little value it provides in relation to its cost.”

I’d have to disagree. There can be a lot of value in using message-based web services, especially when you need to pass around large chunks of xml.

On January 10, 2006 1:42 AM, Stefan Tilkov said:

I think you misunderstood my comment: I was talking about WSDL, not SOA or message-based WS.