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Joel on Software

Web Services/SOA - is it really necessary?

we have a client/server app that frankly is Access/VBA and SQL Server on the backend. There has been some talk about migrating to .net.

The proj manager is stuck on Web Services. Now keep in mind that this will NOT run over the internet. In some cases, it will run on the IntRAnet and in other cases on standalone PCs.

With this in mind, i feel we just need a good Windows Application.

Thoughts? What is the benefit to web services for a situation like this?

Patrick
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Web services are useful in cases where multiple applications access the same data and functionality.  Web services are great for building an enterprise architecture where various systems will be integrated.  If your application will be "sharing" with other systems, then there is little need for Web services.

Ewan's Dad
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Oops...

The last sntence should have been:

If your application will NOT be "sharing" with other systems, then there is little need for Web services.

Ewan's Dad
Thursday, July 29, 2004

presently we are not sharing. however, the company has a few horizontal products that could share certain functions (imports, reporting, etc).

Patrick
Thursday, July 29, 2004

A good windows app? Are there any left after the morons were given it? Would they know a code fragement if it kicked them in them inthere tomfoolin' spectacles, and then gorund the broken shards of glass of the spectacles intot therer, then if they came back, they never returned?

Tehn losers and goofs are called as an alternative.
Whew, love this country.

Masterof the universe.
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Some useful comments (and links) here: http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?WhyUseServiceOrientedArchitecture

John Rusk
Friday, August 06, 2004

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