Announce: Weblogs.Com SOAP 1.1 Interface
- Good morning!
I'd like to open a connection between two worlds I'm part of -- the SOAP 1.1
developer community and people who run "weblog" sites. Presumably everyone
here knows what SOAP is, but what are weblogs?
I think of them as news-oriented websites, used by professional and amateur
journalists, and by people in workgroups in corporations, academic
institutions and government.
A professor keeps a weblog on the progress of a class. A workgroup in a
corporate environment tracks the competition and watches related technology.
Where people used to pass around links via email, they get systematic about
it by putting the links on an Intranet, so they can be archived, edited and
indexed by search engines.
I've been running the Scripting News weblog since April 1997.
There's all kinds of growth in the weblog world, a couple of years ago there
were just a hundred weblogs, now there are many thousands and the curve is
***What is Weblogs.Com?
In late 1999 we deployed a web app called Weblogs.Com. Each hour it reads
all the registered sites, detect changes, and maintains an XML back-end and
an HTML user interface, customizable for each user. We did all the bells and
whistles. Some of the ideas gained traction, others didn't.
As the weblog world grew, our app hit a scaling wall, and now we're
re-wiring the system, using SOAP 1.1 and XML-RPC to create a leaner
centralized service and bootstrapping its replacement.
Over the weekend we released the spec for the XML-RPC interface.
***SOAP 1.1 interface
OK, here's the punchline for SOAP people.
It's really easy to program. If you have a SOAP-capable interface for a CMS
or a blogging tool, you can wire into the network in just a few lines of
Here's a real-world web service, we already have lots of content flowing
through this network, and it's a problem that SOAP solves neatly.
Dave Winer, UserLand
PS: No patents.