March 13, 2003

Nobody "deserves" a WS-I Election Win

David Berlind from ZDNet posted an article entitled "Sun deserves WS-I Board election win", saying:

I hope Sun is elected. It's not that the other five companies aren't deserving, but Sun's role in XML and Java has more than earned it this spot.

So, on that basis then, Larry Wall "deserves" a seat on the WS-I Board because lots of people write Web Services in Perl, and Bjarne Stroustrup "deserves" a seat because lots of people write Web Services in C++?

Or what about Darren Barefoot - does he "deserve" a seat because he makes the best movies about Web Services?

Sorry, but the last time I checked, the only candidates who actually "deserve" a seat are the two who get the most votes from the WS-I membership in the poll.
It's called "democracy" - the voters decide! "Hello, McFly!!"

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Posted by Jorgen Thelin at March 13, 2003 07:32 AM - [PermaLink]
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Come on man - gimme the guy a break. Wall and Stroustrup aren't building WS capabilities into a core platform. You are being totally sarcastic for no good reason. Clearly, Microsoft and Sun have control over the two major enterprise application platform standards and should both have permanent seats on the security council. Oh wait...I mean on the WS-I. ;-) Seriously though - all J2EE platform vendors win big if Sun is elected. If Sun is excluded, then they have less influence in the process and we will likely end up with divergent WS implementations in the J2EE world. This all seems to benefit Microsoft - as usual. Posted by: Ankush on March 14, 2003 04:23 PM
Hi Ankush, I am making these comments for a very good reason IMHO. Sun should NOT get elected to the WS-I board _just_ because a journalist says so, or even because they happened to invent the Java language. The only reason Sun should get on the WS-I Board is because they get enough support from the voting members. Period. My point is not about the worthiness of Sun to sit on the WS-I Board, merely about the process by which it happens. I am also not making any comment about whether I think Sun _will_ get one of the two seats, merely that if they do it will be because of the number votes that got cast for them, and no other reason. You raise an interesting comparison with permanent seats on the UN Security Council - I wonder who is France in your example ;-) - Jorgen Posted by: Jorgen Thelin on March 14, 2003 07:09 PM