Current Standards and Future Trends

In this book we have surveyed many Web services standards and seen how they can be deployed to support enterprise-class Web services applications. As we draw our discussion to a close, it is useful both to reflect over how far the individual technologies have come, and look into the near future to see how they may evolve for use in our next software projects.

XML

Given the investment that organizations have now made in this technology, there is significant inertia against changing the core XML technologies (XML, XML Infoset, and XML Schema). This core XML work is now solid (XML is an ISO standard, and each of these technologies is a W3C recommendation) and has provided the basis of the entire Web services stack. ...

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