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Re: Visualising Web Services?

From: Bill Sempf <bill@pointweb.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2001 22:48:31 -0400
Message-ID: <001001c11321$f90b4b40$0400a8c0@draco>
To: "Mark Nottingham" <mnot@akamai.com>, <www-ws@w3.org>
Mark (et al):

Fantastic idea.  The GraphViz software is undeniably neat, and I don't think
if would take that much to write an interpreter for WSDL.  However - I
believe there are a few people in the third-party .Net world that are
writing WSDL interpreters for Visio 2002 as well.  If anyone out there on
the list is one of those, speak up!  I'll do a little research and try and
track them down.

I do realize the importance of having an open source implementation - as
compared to Visio's blackbox.  But you gotta admit that Visio is pretty easy
to use.  And WSDL is WSDL - even Microsoft admits that!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Nottingham" <mnot@akamai.com>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 11:05 AM
Subject: Visualising Web Services?

> Having spent a couple of hours familiarising myself with GraphViz
> [1], I can't help but wonder how it could be used to help visualise
> Web Services.
> For example, it seems like it would be fairly straightforward to
> write an XSL stylesheet that transformed a WSDL file to a .dot file,
> to represent a directed graph of all of the components of the
> service. The flow languages also offer some interesting
> opportunities here.
> Has anyone attempted this? I might give it a try if not, anyone
> wishing to help appreciated (as my XSLT skills are still young, as
> is my practical experience with WSDL... let's not even talk about
> spare time ;).
> Cheers,
> [1] http://www.research.att.com/sw/tools/graphviz/
> --
> Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
> Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA USA)
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