Web 2.0 and SOA

May 7, 2008

Is Service Oriented Architecture a subset of Web 2.0 or are they similar technologies with some overlap. According to and article in eWeek which reports on a presentation by Ben Flock, a Microsoft Healthcare & Life Sciences, at a recent Microsoft conference, ” Flock said Web 2.0 encompassed three basic categories: rich Internet applications developed with technologies like AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), Silverlight and Flash; SOA (service-oriented architectures) such as Web services, RSS feeds and mashups; and the social Web, built of wikis, blogs, podcasts and social networking sites.”

I view Web 2.0 and SOA as overlapping technologies.

Also in reporting on the presentation, Flock said, “Web 2.0 has made it much easier for consumers to find trusted sources of information quickly and to use that information to better their health and the care they receive.” This is a basic premise of Health 2.0, particularly of vertical search engines.

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