father of web speaks about WS-STAR
Tim Berners-Lee says "Lack of layering in WS".
It's true and except few specs most of them don't make sense. I am also started hearing now that "J2EE (still)matters". A year ago people are started debating the future of J2EE and even there was a question of whether J2EE can be replaced by LAMP stack.
To me, the reality & acceptance of new stack is mixture of J2EE+LAMP+few WS. This will create the next stack with 2 different data model for communication inside & outside the firewall.