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Re: WS-AddressingMetadata Maintenance Issue: (re: [wsi_wsbasic] BP 20133: proposal 1)

From: Rama Pulavarthi <Rama.Pulavarthi@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:21:47 -0800
To: Gilbert Pilz <gilbert.pilz@oracle.com>
Cc: Monica Martin <momartin@microsoft.com>, Bob Freund <Bob.Freund@hitachisoftware.com>, "ylafon@w3.org" <ylafon@w3.org>, "public-ws-addressing@w3.org" <public-ws-addressing@w3.org>, "Jitendra.Kotamraju@Sun.COM" <Jitendra.Kotamraju@Sun.COM>, Ram Jeyaraman <Ram.Jeyaraman@microsoft.com>, "wsi_wsbasic@mp.ws-i.org" <wsi_wsbasic@mp.ws-i.org>, Fabian Ritzmann <Fabian.Ritzmann@Sun.COM>
Message-id: <4994A0FB.1090505@sun.com>
Some questions on the proposal.

Gilbert Pilz wrote:
> As the authors of the proposal in question, Oracle feels obliged to
> refute the inaccuracies in the arguments presented by our colleagues
> from Microsoft and Sun as well as present our case with regards to the
> proposal.
>
> With regards to the particular points:
>
> 1.) What this point fails to mention is that WS-Adressing 1.0 -
> Metadata (WS-AM 1.0) *already* states that the wsam:Addressing
> assertion can be attached to the wsdl11:port or wsd11l:binding. Our
> proposal *extends* the existing specification to allow this assertion
> to be attached to wsdl11:binding/wsdl11:operation and applies this
> extension to the Operation Policy Subject. Our proposal does not alter
> the structure or the semantics of the wsam:Addressing assertion.
What if conflicting policies are attached at the Endpoint policy subject
and Operation policy subject.
For example, on wsdl:binding it is specified as

<wsp:Policy>
    <wsam:Addressing>
        <wsp:Policy>
            <wsam:NonAnonymousResponses/>
        </wsp:Policy>
    </wsam:Addressing>
 and on the 
</wsp:Policy>

and on |wsdl11:binding/wsdl11:operation
|

<wsp:Policy>
    <wsam:Addressing>
        <wsp:Policy>
            <wsam:AnonymousResponses/>
        </wsp:Policy>
    </wsam:Addressing>
 and on the 
</wsp:Policy>

Which one should be used?, How is the effective policy for that
operation calculated?
Its not precedence but a merge of these policies that is used to
calculate the effective policy as per
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/REC-ws-policy-attach-20070904/#merge.

Is BP going to specify all the Addressing domain specific rules to
handle merging of conflicting policies?
>
> 2.) The assertion that this proposal conflicts with WS-Policy best
> practices is false. Reference [3] below includes the following text:
>
>     When the assertion's semantics do not change to invalidate any of
>     the original policy subjects but new policy subjects need to be
>     added, it may be possible to use the same assertion to designate
>     the additional policy subjects without a namespace change. For
>     example, a policy assertion for a protocol that is originally
>     designed for endpoint policy subject may add message policy
>     subject to indicate finer granularity in the attachment provided
>     that endpoint policy subject is also retained in its design. When
>     new policy subjects are added it is incumbent on the authors to
>     retain the semantic of the policy assertion
>
> Since our proposal includes this text:
>
>     When the WS-Addressing policy assertion occurs on the
>     wsdl11:binding/wsdl11:operation element, it applies to the
>     operation policy subject. Nevertheless, it should always be the
>     case that if one operation of an endpoint supports or requires
>     WS-Addressing, then all operations must support or require
>     WS-Addressing (although, potentially, with different restrictions) 
>
> and the following requirement:
>
>     Ryyyy: /In a /*DESCRIPTION*/, if any operation of a WSDL 1.1
>     endpoint supports or requires WS-Addressing, then all the
>     operations of that endpoint MUST support or require WS-Addressing./
>
/As I understand, This goes against the policy scopes/ and effective
policy calculation as defined in
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/REC-ws-policy-attach-20070904/#CalculatingEffectivyPolicywithWSDL1.1
How can a policy specified at Operation policy subject affect the
effective policy  at the Endpoint policy subject? The policy specified
at Operation scope can add more non conflicting requirements to the
policy specified at a higher level that will be effective only for that
operation.


thanks,
Rama Pulavarthi
>
> it is clear that the semantics of the wsam:Addressing policy assertion
> are being retained and thus we are adhering to the guidelines
> described in [3].
>
> 3.) The claim that our proposal "disregards the existing structure of
> the WS-AM policy assertions" and jeopardizes backwards compatibility
> is false. As stated previously, our proposal does nothing to change
> the structure or the semantics of the wsam:Addressing assertion, it
> simply extends where such assertions can be attached. Furthermore,
> since it is an extension, our proposal logically cannot affect
> backwards compatibility. The implementations that interoperated at [5]
> should, baring any unrelated changes, continue to interoperate under
> the same test scenarios.
>
> 4.) The assertion that this change is "substantive" is subjective. The
> notion that this extension conflicts with the existing wsam:Addressing
> semantics has been addressed above.
>
> The case for this proposal is straightforward: The current
> WS-Addressing 1.0 - Metadata specification is technically deficient.
> It does not allow you to describe an interface that contains both
> synchronous and asynchronous operations. Input from our customers
> indicates that this is a common and important use case. The Web
> Services Test Forum provides an example of this in its Purchase Order
> Service scenario (http://www.wstf.org/docs/scenarios/sc009/sc009.xml).
> Although there are workarounds for this problem, they have
> side-effects that undermine the simplicity and utility of the
> interface description.
>
> One of the reasons Oracle raised this issue is the fact that this
> technical deficiency is the result of an oversight by the W3C
> Addressing Working Group, not the result of a deliberate decision. In
> the WS-Addressing 1.0 - WSDL Binding specification, the wsaw:Anonymous
> element extended the wsd11:binding/wsdl11:operation element thus
> allowing you to specify that a particular operation was either
> synchronous or asynchronous. As the WSDL Binding specification evolved
> into the Metadata specification, the wsam:AnonymousResponses and
> wsam:NonAnonymousResponses assertions (which each express a distinct
> value of what was wsaw:Anonymous) were folded into nested assertions
> beneath the top-level wsam:Addressing assertion. Although this change
> was, in itself, technically correct, it had the side-effect of
> removing the ability to specify synchronous/asynchronous behavior at
> the operation level since , as we have discussed, wsam:Addressing can
> currently only be attached to the wsdl11:port or wsdl11:binding and
> has Endpoint Policy Subject. Our proposal seeks to correct this flaw
> in a way that preserves the semantics of wsam:Addressing.
>
> Finally, we brought this issue to the WS-I Basic Profiles Working
> Group because the W3C WS-Addressing Working Group is closed. Although
> there have been some discussions about creating a group to maintain
> the WS-Addressing specifications within the W3C it seems unlikely, at
> this time, that such a group will be created. Since correcting
> profiled specifications has some precedent in WS-I and the Basic
> Profile Working Group, it seems to be the best place to attempt to fix
> this problem.
>
> Gilbert Pilz | SOA/WS Technologist | Middleware Standards | Oracle
> Corporation
>
> Monica Martin wrote:
>> An issue has been filed in the WS-I Basic Profile WG that belongs to WS-Addressing WG with possible assistance from the WS-Policy WG. The issue was filed in WS-I Basic Profile WG because the WS-Addressing WG was closed. The issue seeks to overturn a fundamental concept and constraint in WS-Addressing-Metadata 1.0 and could conflict with WS-Policy best practices. We've paraphrased the features sought, requirements requested and potential conflict it presents for existing implementations of WS-Addressing Metadata 1.0.  As a WS-A Core schema change was handled in late July 2008 by W3C on behalf of the WS-Addressing WG [1], can you assist us in clarifying and resolving this issue?
>>
>> The proposed changes:
>> 1. Overturn a WS-AM 1.0 restriction that wsam:Addressing be limited to an endpoint policy subject [2]: Mandates these assertions be attached to a WSDL 1.1 port, binding or wsdl11:binding/wsdl:operation.
>> 2. Could conflict with WS-Policy best practices on altering semantics of existing assertions for a policy subject: Allows a policy assertion to be used across different policy subjects without versioning or a clear indication how to differentiate semantics for assertion implementers. [3]
>> 3. Disregards the existing structure of WS-AM policy assertions that can support such a Description without this change and without jeopardizing backward compatibility [4]: This proposal affects interoperable implementations that tested in July 2007 into non-conforming implementations. [5]
>> 4. Introduces a substantive change or new conflicting feature to WS-AM.
>>
>> Can you also advise what is the maintenance plan for the WS-Addressing WG? Can you comment or act on this substantive WS-AM change? Are you in agreement to such a change in WS-I? [6]
>>
>> Your prompt attention would be appreciated.  Responses can be directed to the chair of the WS-I Basic Profile WG. Thanks.
>>
>> Jitendra Kotamraju, Sun Microsystems
>> Monica J. Martin, Microsoft Corporation
>>
>> [1] IBM request resolution: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-ws-addressing/2008Jul/0001.html
>> [2] The same approach was also taken by SOAP/XMLP for MTOM.
>> [3] The wsam:Addressing policy assertion is applied on multiple policy subjects with differing semantics - No versioning is use. No mechanism is provided for existing implementations to be backward compatible. Clients may be unable to find a compatible policy.
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-ws-policy-guidelines-20071112/#supporting-new-policy-subjects, http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-ws-policy-guidelines-20071112/#bp-WSDL-multiple-policy-subjects, http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-ws-policy-primer-20071112/#versioning-policy-language, http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/REC-ws-policy-attach-20070904/#CalculatingEffectivyPolicywithWSDL1.1 and http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-ws-policy-guidelines-20071112/#versioning-policy-assertions <http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-%0Aws-policy-guidelines-20071112/#versioning-policy-assertions>
>> [4] A portType can be separated into two separate ones, one which contains one type of operations and the other which targets another type. This description supports interface related features sought by tools as was envisioned by W3C. 
>> [5] http://dev.w3.org/2004/ws/addressing/testsuitewsdl/report/
>> [6] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#rec-modify and http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#correction-classes
>>
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