Wednesday, March 17, 2004

How Clean is the Future of SOAP

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is the primary transport mechanism for the Web services architecture. It is a lightweight protocol that can replace more complicated, distributed object technologies for many applications. However,
SOAP’s use of Web servers to tunnel through firewalls may limit its usefulness because it potentially opens corporations to external access. As it becomes more ubiquitous, SOAP may increasingly find itself in the sights of security personnel.

Albrecht, C. C. (2004). "How Clean is the Future of SOAP?" Communications of the ACM 47(2): 66-68.

Need a refresher on web services? Try:

Newcomer, E. Understanding Web Services: XML, WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI. Addison Wesley Professional, 2002.


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