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targetResource (was Re: Definition for a Web Service)

From: Paul Denning <pauld@mitre.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 17:42:56 -0400
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At 05:45 PM 2003-08-11, Anne Thomas Manes wrote:
>And in terms of
>targetResource (which I believe has been dropped), the service URI should
>represent the service, not the thing that the service acts upon.

The Resource Oriented Model section of the WSA document is being revised.

I think we need to say something about this targetResource concept.

I always come back to UDDI as an example.

The WSDL file for UDDI v2 inquiry [1] has


This WSDL file does not describe the "implementation", only the 
"interface".  That is, it does not have a <service> element.

So, to describe two "implementations" of the UDDI interface, and have a 
QName to identify each service, I need two more WSDL files with a different 
targetNamespace (i.e., not urn:uddi-org:inquiry_v2).  Lets assume

WSDL #1 has targetNamespace="http://foo.example.org#"
<service name="myuddi" ...>


WSDL #2 has targetNamespace="http://bar.example.org#"
<service name="youruddi"...>

I then need to import the UDDI "interface" (as in [3], if the import links 
were not broken).

However, how can I tell whether the registry data is the same?  If these 
were two of the four UDDI Business Registry operators, then (in some sense) 
they refer to the same targetResource even though they look like different 
services (using definition/@targetNamespace and service/@name).  A query to 
either should return the same results (lets ignore replication latency 
:-).  So I would also like my audit log to have the identifier for the 

I may also want to discover implementations of the UDDI interface using a 
spider to index WSDL files.  Such a spider would need to look at the 
import/@namespace rather than definition/@targetNamespace to know that they 
both implement the same generic UDDI interface.  I could use the 
targetResource to tell how many implementations point to the same registry 
data, or determine how many different "registries" are indexed.

[1] http://uddi.org/wsdl/inquire_v2.wsdl
[2] http://test.uddi.microsoft.com/inquire.asmx?WSDL
[3] http://www.systinet.com/uddi/inquiry?WSDL

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