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I am Joannes Vermorel, founder at Lokad. I am also an engineer from the Corps des Mines who initially graduated from the ENS.

I have been passionate about computer science, software matters and data mining for almost two decades. (RSS - ATOM)

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Monday
Dec112006

What do most WS directories have in common?

Most Web Services directories have one thing in common: they are totally bugged at the point of being totally unusable. Indeed I have tried to submit the Lokad Forecasting Web Services to several directories. Namely:

  • BindingPoint.com: registration process crashes and the ASP.Net default exception page.

  • WSIndex.org: can't even login, gets a fatal cgi-bin error while trying.

  • XMethod.com: website painfully designed, registration succeeds but submission crashes.

  • Dmoz.org: "Submit URL" gets me to a page Service Temporarily Unavailable (it has been that way for the last 2 weeks)

It's almost unbelievable that so many top-ranked web sites (try web services directory on Google) are not even able to achieve something as simple as a registration process.

On the positive side, I have found wsfinder.jot.com which is by far the most usable WS directory out there IMO.

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