NOW WE COME TO THE END OF OUR JOURNEY with this book. We’ve covered a lot of territory and a daunting array of technologies, all part of the Web services family of standards and technologies.
Now it’s time to step back and look at the bigger picture. After summarizing the path Web services has taken since the year 2000, we conclude with a set of thoughts and predictions about where the Web services community is headed.
To help you understand the evolution of Web services technologies, let’s consider three distinct but overlapping phases: invention, development, and acceptance (see Figure 15.1).
Figure 15.1. Maturation phases
All three phases overlap in time. Each phase has had a gradual ...