InfoQ: Don Box Discusses SOAP, XML, REST and M:
"The web is axiomatic. You deny the existence of the web and how the web works at your peril.
When we did SOAP originally, many of us - myself (Don Box) especially
- were newbies to the web technology..."
This is already 2 year old interview, but it indicates that sometimes it is not enough
to have huge backing of large institution (i.e. Microsoft), when technology has real issues.
In case of SOAP, complexity and consequently slow performance,
could not be compensated by tools and marketing...
Anyway, there are places where SOAP is still useful,
I just don't understand why more optimal (binary) serialization never appearated...