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Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 2: Comparison, Challenges, & Recommendations
The battle for the dominance in Web services has so far largely been a war of words without the clear winner yet (and not any time soon). While interoperability

i part 2  clarified .NET strategy. This is Part 2 of a two-part event note continues the discussion of the Market Impact of recent announcements concerning the standardization of Web Services.   Part 1 began the discussion with recent events and their Market Impact. Comparisons Somewhat surprisingly, with the blitz of all the recent hoopla surrounding Web services in its .NET strategy, Microsoft seems to have caught its archrivals asleep. The protracted lack of a clear message and a more vocal embracement of Web

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