•It is a mechanism for creating distributed processing
and Web services
•SOAP, WSDL and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery
and Integration) are important to
Microsoft’s distributed processing strategy.
Microsoft is effectively ignoring or sidestepping CORBA, Java RMI plus Enterprise Java Beans and other remote
procedure call methods.
•XML-based SOAP is Microsoft’s way of having standard
and open interoperability
between Windows clients and servers and other application platforms such as OS390, HP / UX,
Solaris, and the weed-like Linux.
•Because of XML, SOAP is a plain text environment, so
the data can be readily accessible
to a knowledgeable individual.
•XML allows metadata interchange. As a result, XML is
moving into search, sitemaps, and
distributed authoring. (RDF or Resource Discovery Framework databases can automatically
filter and classify mail, ftp,
telnet, http, and other messages).