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Re: Why "web services architecture" is a bit of a misnomer

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 12:25:55 -0500
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20031205122555.E27943@www.markbaker.ca>

On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 11:12:13AM -0500, Champion, Mike wrote:
> I am saying that we've learned
> that there is not a single reference architecture for web services that is
> possible even in principle -- the web services technologies are more of a
> "cloud" that can take on many shapes than a "stack" with one canonical
> shape.  That's not the outcome we anticipated two years ago, but I think it
> is a valuable conclusion [remember that this is my conclusion, not the WG's]
> that was not obvious two years ago.


When I went on (and on and on ... 8-) about the value of architectural
constraints, this is what I was getting at;  by relaxing constraints one
builds a bigger and bigger umbrella under which more and more
architectural styles can be included.  But in doing so, the value of the
umbrella style approaches zero.

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
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