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10789RE: [soapbuilders] [ANN]JAX-WS 2.1 FCS released

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  • Anil John
    Feb 14, 2007

      SOAP is very much alive, and I agree with your point that when
      considering web services that are doing any type of real work, you
      cannot simply assume away things like addressing and security.

      Having said that, there is also a tendency, especially from platform and
      toolkit builders, to assume that all of that expensive processing is
      going to be done at the endpoint; in the software.

      I would argue that, that particular view is... Limiting.

      I personally am a firm believer in separating, to the greatest extent
      possible, the business logic (the stuff that travels in the SOAP body)
      from the infrastructure functionality (the stuff that travels in the
      SOAP header). And current technology capabilities allow one to just
      this. As an example, security processing of SOAP messages (digital
      signatures, xml encryption/decryption etc.) is an expensive process that
      I would normally outsource to something like a hardware box like an XML
      Security Gateway which can do that processing at wire speed.

      Which to a great extent reinforces the view that one needs to look at
      performance engineering end to end and should seek to optimize where you
      can get the biggest bang for the buck. And that very well may not be at
      the SOAP layer, but in the business logic processing.

      And taking away databinding does not in any way shape or form take away
      from the usefulness of SOAP. I am coming more and more to the viewpoint
      that moving away from databinding allows one to focus on the core of
      what SOA and web services are about, the exchange of messages. And not
      the issues dealing with the "object-ification" of XML.


      - Anil

      :- Anil John
      :- http://www.aniltj.com/blog

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Paul Downey
      > Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:49 AM
      > To: soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [soapbuilders] [ANN]JAX-WS 2.1 FCS released
      > Dims
      > > Use AXIOM, See even the REST guys are using it :)
      > > http://blog.chanezon.com/articles/2006/05/31/apache-abdera-and-rome-
      > > alea-jacta-est
      > >
      > Yup, I see no SOAP!
      > > Just look at the performance numbers for processing a huge feed that
      > > they posted. Yes, adding soap headers won't slow us (Axis2) down :)
      > >
      > unless you're mad enough to use Addressing and WSSec, apparently:
      > http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/service-orientated-architecture/
      > message/7316
      > Sorry, when you remove databinding, and dismiss headers as being
      > heavyweight, I wonder what I'm being asked to get excited about not
      > being slow: <xsl:copy-of
      > select="document()/soap:Envelope/soap:Body" /
      > > ?
      > Paul
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