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Web services expert predictions 2004 -- Sean McGrath, XML

Web services experts offer their predictions for 2004.

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.

Look into your own crystal ball and tell us what you see for the Web services world in 2004. Post your predictions in our Sound Off feature.

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


Sean McGrath
Sean McGrath
Sean McGrath is CTO of Propylon. He is an internationally acknowledged authority on XML and related standards and has been working with markup languages since the late Eighties. He served as an invited expert to the W3C's Expert Group that defined XML in 1998. He is the author of three books on markup languages published by Prentice Hall: "XML Processing With Python, 1/e," "XML By Example," and "SGML for Software Developers."
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Sean's 2004 predictions

  • Look for the term "SOA" to take center stage. The term will grow fuzzier and fuzzier as every architectural pattern in the world will, in someone's view, be part of SOA. There will be a shakeout, not necessarily in 2004, as the term SOA gains some real definition and ceases to be a grab-bag of techniques. The main battle lines will be between the object camp and the messaging camp.

  • 2004 will see more and more enterprise architectures featuring asynchronous, reliable messaging technologies of some description.

  • J2EE will either begin to look like a very jaded set of patterns or will begin to evolve to incorporate the components of an SOA Web services "stack." Microsoft's Indigo will fuel a lot of debate about how distributed applications should be built.

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