java.oreilly.com -- Java and XML Tips and Tricks -- "SOAP or RPC?: For most inter- and intra-application communication, SOAP is overkill. Very rarely will you actually need the complex envelope handling, data mapping, and error processing in everyday Java-to-Java applications. Don't get me wrong--SOAP is great for communicating with non-Java components, UDDI registries, and through firewalls. It's just not the magic bullet that some are saying it is, and is a costly protocol in terms of overhead compared to simpler solutions like XML-RPC."
Gosh, I love O'Reilly! I've been struggling to differentiate SOAP & XML-RPC for corporate development teams and Brett McLaughlin 's got just the piece I need!
Developers: What .Net will cost you - Tech News - CNET.com -- I sure hope Microsoft's .NET business model inspires creative developers everywhere to come up with viable (e.g., profitable) alternatives; it's the only way the Internet community can hope to avoid MS' domination of the web services marketplace.
Readers: Windows XP isn't worth the trouble - Tech News - CNET.com -- It'll be interesting to see shipment volume trends over the next few months...Windows OS releases often get off to a rocky start in the press, and then hit the million-unit mark within a couple of months of introduction. Of course, XP is a different animal from several perspectives and may produce a different adoption trend than past releases.
MP3.com - Song Detail:God Bless America (Kathie Baillie w/daughter) -- Today at a meeting the host passed out US flags & wanted his guests to sing "God Bless America"; we all decided we needed a good voice to lead us so I tracked down this rendition with which to sing along...
Craig Burton weblog :Novell's iFolder - "The iFolder server and clients work together to form what I call the iFolder “cloud.” Each person that has an iFolder account installs the iFolder client on each machine that is part of the iFolder cloud. This system of computers automatically shares the same files. The files are replicated on every machine that is part of the cloud through redirection."
I read Novell's technical description of how iFolder manages replication to what Craig calls "the iFolder cloud," and it reminded me of the technical architecture on which Marimba built its Castanet product line. I recalled that Marimba had filed patents on this stuff (though some of it was published to W3 as a technical note and considered across other http-related working groups ), and seeing Novell's product made me wonder whether Marimba might take legal action...