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RE: potential users of web services

From: Anne Thomas Manes <anne@manes.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 17:13:44 -0500
To: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Andrew Layman" <andrewl@microsoft.com>
Cc: <www-ws@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CJEIKEMEBAONGDDNLEKFEEGLEAAA.anne@manes.net>
I would say that an RSS feed is a web service. I think the key point is that
the request and/or response are machine-processable -- regardless of the
method of invocation.

Anne

> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-ws-request@w3.org [mailto:www-ws-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of
> Mark Baker
> Sent: Friday, April 05, 2002 3:03 PM
> To: Andrew Layman
> Cc: www-ws@w3.org
> Subject: Re: potential users of web services
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 05, 2002 at 09:10:46AM -0800, Andrew Layman wrote:
> > The term Web service was created to contrast with two earlier
> > technologies.  On the one hand, it identifies a distinction from "Web
> > site" in that a Web site serves pages, typically in HTML, for display in
> > a browser to a human, while a "Web service" offers a computation
> > directly to anther computer, with no special expectation that the
> > computation will be used in a browser or for display to a human. Web
> > services are not computer-to-human but computer-to-computer.
>
> Well, if it's the HTML that you're concerned about, why not return some
> XML or RDF via HTTP GET?  That's machine processable.  And any piece of
> software can invoke HTTP GET on a URI, no human required.
>
> What about this?  http://www.xmlhack.com/rss10.php
>
> It's an RSS feed for xmlhack.com.  No "getXmlhackRss()", just
> "GET /rss10.php".  It's also not easily human parseable.
>
> I don't know why that's any less a Web service than getStockQuote().
>
> MB
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> Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
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