“SOAP is really just another RPC protocol” ???

I just read this opinion article on “Are Web Services the New CORBA?” (Via Mark)

“SOAP is really just another RPC protocol”? How can a specification about how to process messages in a particular format without any request-response semantics, without any dispatching semantics, without any notion of a procedure and parameters, be associated with RPC? This is like saying that XHTML is another RPC protocol.

I don’t disagree with the entire commentary; indeed, many in the community are treating Web Services as the new CORBA. However, some of the WS-* protocols can be more naturally used to build service-oriented, message-focused applications and enable protocol-based integration.

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