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Re: Web Service Definition [Was "Some Thoughts ..."]

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 15:49:50 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200202252049.PAA32354@markbaker.ca>
To: jhui@digisle.net (Joseph Hui)
Cc: Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com (Champion Mike), RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com ("Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)"), steve.vinoski@iona.com, www-ws-arch@w3.org
Hi Joseph,

> So, instead of trying to compile a list which shall soon
> become amiss no matter how exhaustive we can make it now with
> existing definitions, I'd propose we take a different tack,
> to define web services by properties, which are more likely
> to remain invariant with time.  

As Daniel said, this definitely looks like a set of requirements.  But
requirements do not a definition make. 8-)

I think the definition Steve and I came up is a sort of necessary and
sufficient set of features that a service must have in order to be
called a Web service.  I'm also strongly of the opinion that we
*should* define what a web service is separate from what the
requirements of an architecture should be to support them.  There's
additional value add there.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
Received on Monday, 25 February 2002 15:46:35 UTC

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