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RE: Nomenclature

From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) <RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 13:31:17 -0500
Message-ID: <7FCB5A9F010AAE419A79A54B44F3718E026EF7B4@bocnte2k3.boc.chevrontexaco.net>
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, www-ws-arch@w3.org


-----Original Message-----
From: Champion, Mike [mailto:Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2003 6:59 PM
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Subject: RE: Nomenclature

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)
> [mailto:RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com]
> Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2003 5:42 PM
> To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
> Subject: Nomenclature
> It seems obvious to me at this point that the WG is going to insist on

> "branding" Web services with WSDL and SOAP -- and maybe that's a good 
> thing.  Nonetheless, I think that there is a need for some sort of 
> nomenclature to describe the "other stuff" that is app<->app using 
> standard Web messaging.

I agree.  I think there's a range of "other stuff" though.  

Some suggestions .... basically let's let the word "service" imply
app<->communication using standards, and the "Web" prefix mean SOAP+WSDL
app<->app communication (counter-intuitive, but the marketing people
have claimed this nomenclature and there does seem to be a consensus
that it is our scope!):

-- "automated web application" (regular 'ol HTML form / CGI that one
might automate or screen scrape with code).  

-- "HTTP service"  (a service built using REST principles but without
explicit SOAP/WSDL.  Or maybe we want to say "REST service" uses the
REST principles and "HTTP service" uses HTTP in an ad-hoc way.  I
personally don't want to get into this doctrinal distinction, but
wouldn't lay down in the road ...)

-- "minimal Web service" (uses SOAP or WSDL but not both)

-- "XML service"  (uses a custom XML protocol / description rather than
SOAP/WSDL) ... a RESTful one might be an "XML HTTP service").
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