I recently got into a little argument with Michi Henning about his article Rise and fall of CORBA. This is too bad, because we mostly agree with each other. I think CORBA is dead too. My only point is that I think it is dead for much more fundamental reasons than he does. That is, I am not sure that tranparent distributed objects are a good idea at all -- which is why I am interested in web services. My paper on this topic, Web Services versus Distributed Objects: A Case Study of Performance and Interface Design, is meant to explain some things to people who think CORBA is great and web servcies are just a bad implementation of distributed objects. The ideas presented shouldn't be surprising to experts, but I hope the presentation is a clear explanation of the issues. Also, the wrappers I develop are ceratinly better than the standard one's you get from Axis -- and they are perhaps a useful model when working in RMI as well.