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BPEL Bashing Redux: Seeking a Middle Ground

Blog: Method & Style (Bruce Silver)

Human-centric BPMers’ lack of love for BPEL is today taken for granted, but who knew there were BPEL-haters out there in the SOA world as well? After taking a look at the BPEL 2.0 spec, Dave Linthicum tries to reignite the bashing, based mostly on the facts that 1) processes still aren’t portable and 2) BPEL 2.0 is not backward-compatible with BPEL 1.1. Active Endpoints’ Fred Holahan counters with a spirited defense of BPEL. He says yes, BPEL is not 100% runtime-portable, but it is “knowledge-portable” — I guess sort of a process modeling language for programmers?

While I don’t think of myself as a BPEL-lover, I actually come down more on Fred’s side here than Daves’s. And I’ve moved to a more nuanced view that might provide a middle ground.

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