Chapter 24. The Future of Web Services

This is the hour in which your humble authors get to play futurist. Predicting the future in any technology is always a risky venture. Although it is true that predictions are very often wrong, there doesn’t seem to be any lasting punishment for the erroneous predictor. With this in mind, we will cover what appears to be the direction of Web services for the near future.

When reading about these topics, it is important to remember that there is no centralized leadership in the world of computing. Every individual writer, thinker, company, standards body, and governmental organization that gets involved possesses some degree of self-interest. Many good ideas die on the vine because they conflicted with a few ...

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