According to Evans Data Corp's latest Web Services Development Survey, Web services with Web 2.0 interfaces are surging. Evans Data finds this in the rising use of AJAX, a key component of the Web 2.0 architecture. Close to half of developers surveyed say they are already working with AJAX or plan to do so in the coming year. REST (Representational State Transfer) use is rising as well. The Evans Data survey found a 37 percent increase in respondents implementing or considering REST, with one out of four surveyed saying that they are considering REST-Based Web services as a simpler alternative to SOAP-based services.

"Consistent with the increasing adoption of Web services we are also seeing the same for AJAX," stated John Andrews, President of Evans Data. "This framework, now more than ever, is allowing developers the means to make Web-based applications function more like desktop ones."

Other findings from the Spring 2006 Survey of almost 400 managers and developers:

  • Reuse is rising. Three out of ten survey respondents are saying the ability to reuse the service is the greatest cost advantage to Web services. The number of respondents sharing Web Services with two or more business units is up 20 percent since the last survey.
  • Despite rampant industry speculation to the contrary, the adoption of the Java platform is poised for a significant increase. Three out of four companies expect to be working with the Java Platform by next year, a 12 percent jump from current levels.

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