Вагиф Абилов (object) wrote,
Вагиф Абилов

Protocol vs. API

BEA deputy CTO Benjamin Renaud: "Microsoft will standardise at the protocol level, but they won't standardise at the API level. Customers are not that gullible. The real level where integration happens is at the programming level."

Microsoft's Don Box: "I couldn't disagree more. The entire motivation for defining SOAP was to get the industry out of the "you need my runtime to talk to me" business that DCOM and Java RMI so happily got us into in the 1990's. In my mind, APIs are the real lock-in, no matter how much standards pixie dust you sprinkle on them. I for one believe in the "Innovate locally, Interop globally" plan - I can't believe that the current state of the practice in programming environments is the best we can do. Protocol-based integration gives us a way to allow forward motion in programming technology without having to rip and replace the entire world."
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