Simon Fell > Its just code
Java arrived late? One of the very first SOAP implementations available was written in Java. While it may take a frustratingly long time for things to filter into the Java specification, that in no way means it doesn't exist. Java not only arrived at the party on time, but was there an hour early helping to blow up the balloons and spike the punch. [Snell's Blog]
Java (and now .NET as well) suffer from being an overloaded term, in this case Jon was referring to Java the class library / standard, vs a SOAP implementation running on Java. As James points out, SOAP4J (which later became Apache SOAP) was the first significant SOAP toolkit, shipping well before any equivilent offering from Microsoft. And to this day, Java developers have a wider and more mature choice set of offerings for SOAP toolkits than the Microsoft developers.