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Journal of Bioinformatics©
Volume 1: 74-82, 2002.
Simple object access protocol for bioinformatic software interoperability .
Xia Y1, Stinner RE1, Wang X2
1 NSF Center for
Xia Y, Wang X, Stinner RE., Simple object access protocol for bioinformatic software interoperability , Online J Bioinformatics 1:74-82, 2002. There is a lack of interoperability between bioinformatic software tools within and between organizations. Current technologies such as RPC, CORBA and RMI have failed to become pervasive due to strong coupling between endpoints, lock-in by vendors and difficulty in access across enterprises due to firewalls. SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) was recently proposed by Microsoft, IBM and others to improve software interoperability in distributed environments. The benefits of SOAP and a working scheme for using SOAP are presented and discussed.
KEYWORDS: SOAP, interoperability, bioinformatics, RPC, CORBA, RMI