Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Jim Waldo clarifies position

Jim does a great job clarifying his position on standards:

Jim states:
Point one: Just because something is called a standard doesn't make it open; and something that isn't a standard is not, because of that, proprietary.
Point two: A standards body is often a lousy place in which to invent a technology.
Point three: The previous posting was not a veiled (thinly or otherwise) attack on any particular standards group or collection of standards groups.
Point four: If there are multiple groups competing to write a standard for the same thing, it is probably a safe bet that the technology being standardized isn't ready for standardization.

Well done. I think Jim fully understands it. Sucks doesn't it? Oh well.

Now, I'd like to see Jim (the brain behind Jini) take some of his vast knowledge and write a couple new standards... for starters, I think he'd have quite a bit to add to ws-discovery: (ws-leasing, etc.)

So, here is the WS-* formula:
1. Find a concern (think separation of concerns, they usually end in "ility")
2. Find a remedy to the concern.
3. Take the name of the concern and put the letters "WS-" in front of it.
4. Use as much protocol (with XML) to describe the remedy, use wsdl and the other ws-specs to weave a full story.
5. Publish your spec.
6. Wait for either MS or IBM to "expand" the idea, change the name and republish it with a higher degree of separation of concerns and a name that has a striking resemblance to the name you gave it.
7. Bicker to the press about it.
8. Wait approximately 6 months. Feel free to knock out your reference implementation during this period.
9. Watch the MS-IBM version become popular.
10. Terminate your version and publicly support the MS-IBM version. Be happy that a spec exists.

It really is a very simple, straightforward process. Best of luck.

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