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RE: Thinking about Web Services Architecture

From: Eric Newcomer <eric.newcomer@iona.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 09:49:51 -0800
To: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Christopher Ferris" <chris.ferris@sun.com>
Cc: <www-ws-arch@w3.org>, "Carroll Tom" <Carroll.T@ic.grainger.com>, <mchugh.m@grainger.com>, <davoren.m@grainger.com>
Message-ID: <FFEDIILGIAFELAMIJNMNKEMICKAA.eric.newcomer@iona.com>
I agree "added value" or additional technology specifications have to be
adapted to the Web.  There have been many, many attempts to adapt the Web to
use "traditional" distributed computing technologies, and these have not
succeeded -- IIOP tunneling, MQ Series tunneling, HTTP-NG, all have failed.

In Web services architecture, however, I think we have to be mindful of the
need to balance the Web architecture with established distributed computing
architectures.  Clearly we can't just adapt an existing distributed
computing architecture to the Web without significant change.  The Web is
established, and that won't be changed by any amount of reference to other


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To: Christopher Ferris
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Subject: Re: Thinking about Web Services Architecture

I like Daniel's suggestions for how to proceed, and his characterization
of our primary deliverable.

One of the issues mentioned is that anything we produce has to be
cleanly integrated into the existing architecture of the Web.  As I've
found in the XML Protocol WG, coming to concensus on what this means is
easier said than done.  For this reason, I expect that most of our work
here will be spent trying to determine what this means to us, and FWIW,
I would consider this an excellent use of our time.

I'd like to see this issue get some special attention in any process we
follow.  It's likely too early to say what form that attention should
take, but one off-the-top-of-my-head suggestion would be to start
discussing this immediately.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
Received on Thursday, 14 February 2002 12:56:47 UTC

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