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Re: Reference requirements

From: Jacek Kopecky <jacek@systinet.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:00:43 +0100 (CET)
To: Nirmal Mukhi <nmukhi@us.ibm.com>
cc: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>, <www-ws-desc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0202211156100.3513-100000@mail.idoox.com>
 as I indicated before, we view instance IDs as a kind of 
sessioning mechanism. There may be other session IDs bound with 
the remote reference, too, therefore I doubt a simple URI 
extension would soon become unhandy. Also, I'm not sure every URI 
scheme used for addressing web services allows such extensions.
 Passing the whole WSDL around might be viewed as overkill, in 
our WASP product we decided to just pass a reference to the WSDL 
so that the WSDL file can then be cached in various ways.
 If the WSDL description can carry additional parameters of the 
web service (like QoS parameters, instanceIDs and other session 
IDs etc.), passing only a reference to a WSDL file (and the QName 
of the particular service in the file) can work quite nicely.
 Best regards,

                   Jacek Kopecky

                   Senior Architect, Systinet (formerly Idoox)

On Wed, 20 Feb 2002, Nirmal Mukhi wrote:

 > Hi,
 > Returning a specialized URI for an instance sounds like an excellent idea;
 > however, I would take it one step further: why not return a specialized
 > WSDL? That gives you flexibility in terms of allowing the instance to
 > describe a binding too - which means you could ask a "factory service" for
 > an instance that offers some set of port types, and the factory would come
 > back to you with a WSDL (with port type definitions omitted and possibly
 > bindng omitted too - these would be imported so it would still logically be
 > a complete service description). The advantage of doing this over a URI is
 > that a URI isn't self-contained - I can't send you my service URI unless
 > you know everything else (the port type, binidng details). Of course
 > exchanging WSDLs is more heavyweight (even though in most cases the WSDL
 > may not contain more than <import...> and <service...> elements), but maybe
 > there is room for both alternatives? For my part, I think using WSDL itself
 > as a service reference makes more sense.
 > Nirmal.
 >                       Paul Prescod                                                                                                     
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 > Anne Thomas Manes wrote:
 > >
 > > Systinet WASP supports remote references using a header element to
 > reference
 > > the instance id.
 > >
 > > Anne Thomas Manes
 > > CTO, Systinet
 > That's great. Can we standardize it?
 > Even better...why not combine the endpoint URI and the instance ID
 > somewhat like this:
 > http://www.manes.net/service?instance=instanceID
 > I have other ideas beyond that but I'll let that one sink in. If you do
 > that then voila you've made it easy for every instance to be an endpoint
 > and all you need is a WSDL for it. Which puts the ball back in WSDL's
 > court. You need a way to say that the return value of a method will be a
 > URI like that and declare the WSDL that goes with that
 > instance-endpoint.
 >  Paul Prescod
Received on Thursday, 21 February 2002 06:00:48 UTC

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