Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been proposed as model for distributed software development that surpasses the traditional Distributed Object Architecture (DOA) practices in many areas. However, no empirical studies have been conducted to verify the claimed benefits. This study is a first attempt at presenting empirical evidence regarding the benefits of SOA. It is a comparison between traditional DOA and SOA. The two technologies were compared on the basis of code size and development time. The results show that, as a whole, the subject application was faster to develop using the SOA method. However, the application size was larger than that developed in the DOA method.
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