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

From: Joseph Hui <jhui@digisle.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 14:51:45 -0800
Message-ID: <C153D39717E5F444B81E7B85018A460B081B2708@ex-sj-5.digisle.com>
To: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: "Champion Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, "Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)" <RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com>, <steve.vinoski@iona.com>, <www-ws-arch@w3.org>
Hi Mark,

> > 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-)

Requirements may make no definition.  Properties can.  Besides,
requirements met may be prosperities become, and vice versa ;-)
A WS definition goes a long way towards shaping the requirements
of the WS-Arch to be defined.  I only mentioned the properties
also sounded like requirements.  (Of course I'm glad to see Daniel
can make good use of them for meeting our goals and deadlines. :-)

Anyway, I did state my reasoning behind the def-by-properties
tack and would rather leave it to the group's consensus than
protract a WS-Def debate that is widely known for being,
well, protracting.


Joe Hui
Exodus, a Cable & Wireless service

> 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.
> MB
> -- 
> 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 17:51:51 UTC

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