Web disservices

Interesting article by Mark Pilgrim at xml.com, about how to simplify too-complex Web Services (namely, the new Microsoft.com Web Services).

As usual, MS finds a way to introduce a slightly-non-standard-yet-we-tell-you-it-is new “feature” in this interface, using a new and improved way of passing authentication tokens, which most existing SOAP clients do not support.

Mark comes to the rescue in a very interesting way with his no-nonsense REST-like gateway to MS’s Web Services, including (Python!) source code.

I didn’t know that WSDL supports HTTP GET bindings, but this makes for a fairly simple way of publishing existing apps as Web Services.

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