Australian professional developers consider Web services to be a pivotal part of their future practices, according to a recent survey.
The study, conducted by Oracle as part of its Oracle iDevelop education seminar in December 2001, found while only 20.9 per cent of professional developers had used Web services in the past, 68.7 per cent plan to use Web services in the next six months.
The study also found that 56.7 per cent of developers surveyed believed that most future development work would be delivered as a Web service.
Reuse of code and increased productivity were cited as the main benefits of Web services.
Nearly 60 per cent of survey participants stated that Oracle's J2EE would emerge as the leading technology for Web services development, while the same number believed that Microsoft's .Net would not deliver on its promise of open standards development.
Roland Slee, director of Internet technologies for Oracle Australia said: "While there has been a lot of hype surrounding the impact of Web services on the role of developers, this study has shown that Web services are real and the Australian development community is certainly in favour of them."