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Another platform battle is brewing in the industry, or at least that's what the journals would have you believe. Will it be Microsoft's .NET platform, or J2EE supported by Sun, IBM, HP, and others? We don't know, but the more important question is: "Who cares?" Presumably, Microsoft and Sun care, but for the rest of us, the battle of the Web services platforms misses the entire point of Web services. Web services are everywhere (or will be in the near future), and Web services provides interoperability between platforms, languages, and applications. So in terms of interoperability and integration, we don't have to care about what platform we, or our partners, choose. There will, of course, be valid reasons to choose a platform - enterprise scalability and reliability, tools support, ease-of-use, deployment, and so on, are all good reasons for choosing one platform ov... (more)