Once again, our knowledgeable Web services experts are offering their predictions for the coming year. How accurate were last year's predictions? Check them out here. Then, see what they've predicted for the world of Web services in 2004 below.
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Kerry Champion, Middleware
Ben Watson, Standards
Daniel Foody, Web services deployments
Eric Marks, author, Executive's Guide to Web Services
Sean McGrath, XML
Mark Baker, REST
Doron Sherman, Web services orchestration
Roman Stanek, Future of Web services
Jeff Hanson, Java/J2EE
Mark is an expert in Internet scale distributed systems, software architecture, Web architecture and REST (REpresentational State Transfer), the architectural style crafted by Roy Fielding to describe his view of the best of the Web. Mark is a consultant focusing on wireless/mobile, the Internet/Web, and Web services. He previously founded two high tech companies in the wireless/mobile Web space, and was partner and CTO at Beduin Communications when it was sold to Sun Microsystems in 1998. Formerly an advisory committee member at the W3C, Mark remains active in the Web services activity there, educating members about the benefits and profound nature of the Web and REST. Ask Mark a question about RESTful Web services.
Mark's 2004 predictions
- Web services will continue to struggle to be deployed on the Internet. I'll restate an earlier prediction I made this year; that by the end of 2004, the number of parties offering publicly available non-RESTful Web services (as registered with XMethods.net) will have plateaued or be falling.
- Another high profile public Web service will be developed in both REST and Web services/SOA styles, and again -- as with Amazon -- the REST based service will service at least 80% of the transactions.