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It's tempting for those with a background in distributed objects to look at the upcoming Web services standards as just another set of distributed object technologies, probably with some misgivings about reinventing the wheel. Conversely, with the advent of Web services it may be tempting to think that distributed objects are no longer important. After all, Web services have A transport protocol: SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Something like an interface definition language: WSDL (Web Services Definition Language) A location service: UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) However, in this article I'll explore how Web services complement rather than compete with traditional distributed object platforms like CORBA and J2EE. When used correctly, Web services and distributed objects have different paradigms: document-oriented and object-oriented.... (more)