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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Jon Udell on SOA

Jon Udell wrote a nice piece in Infoworld on SOA (aka Web services), where he talks about the SOAP vs. REST camps and also investigates some of the new Web Services standards (WS-*) that Microsoft and IBM have been pushing. (BTW, I consider eBay’s “XML API” to be more similar to REST than SOAP.)

It’s a good business-level overview of what’s going on in Web services, and includes a few business examples of people using WS-* in the wild. (i.e. actual deployed programs, not made up “proof of concepts.”)

Additionally, eBay Web services gets a small mention at the top of page 2:

Today’s most visible exemplars of WS-Lite — Amazon and eBay — use Web services in a point-to-point way. In that mode there’s not much difference between SOAP/WSDL APIs and REST APIs, so it’s not surprising that developers who work with these platforms overwhelmingly prefer the REST flavor.

Jon blogged about the article, where he provides some background on the piece. His post include a link to his excellent Bill Gates interview from last week’s Microsoft PDC.

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