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Re: SOAP and ebXML

From: Larry Cable <larry.cable@sfbay.sun.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 14:33:35 -0800
Message-ID: <3A30103E.FDC7DF0B@sfbay.sun.com>
To: Satish Thatte <satisht@microsoft.com>
CC: "'David E. Cleary'" <davec@progress.com>, Michael Champion <mchamp@mediaone.net>, xml-dist-app@w3.org
Satish Thatte wrote:

> David,
> You are absolutely right.  BizTalk Framework started with the same general
> requirements as ebXML/TRP including
> 1.  Transport independence
> 2.  Ability to carry arbitrary content
> 3.  Reliable delivery
> 4.  Message level security
> Although early versions of BizTalk Framework were designed from scratch
> without reference to SOAP, in the 2.0 version we were able to rebase the
> framework completely to build on SOAP.  In so far as XP plans to provide an
> extensible protocol framework in the SOAP tradition, there is absolutely no
> reason why we cannot use XP to build a protocol that fulfills the set of
> requirements ebXML's transport/routing/packaging work is based on.

I tend to agree with this.

> I don't think it is meaningful to talk in terms of "mission critical" vs
> "non mission critical".  What is mission critical obviously depends on the
> mission.  I can think of many missions for which a lightweight XML-based
> protocol would be required and built on top of XP and ebXML/TRP would be
> altogether a failure in that "mission critical" role.  The point is that XP
> enables a much wider class of mission critical protocols, whereas ebXML
> focuses on a more specific B2B mission reflected in its specific
> requirements.

h'mmmm now I disagree with this, what aspect of ebXML (as it is current
precludes it from solving any of the problem spaces that XP (as it is currently

I frankly see little difference in either the specs or capabilities of either
of these protocols!


- larry

> Satish
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David E. Cleary [mailto:davec@progress.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 8:02 AM
> To: Michael Champion; xml-dist-app@w3.org
> Subject: RE: SOAP and ebXML
> > I'm wondering if  participants here agree with the notion that SOAP is for
> > simple services and ebXML for mission critical transactions.  If so, what
> > about ebXML makes it more suitable for mission critical work?
> > (Transaction
> > processing support, maybe?)
> I agree with the notion that ebXML is not appropriate for every uses case,
> and that SOAP is a better choice for many applications. What I do not agree
> with is that SOAP can not be the base upon which something such as ebXML
> could be built. A perfect example of this is BizTalk. It has the same
> requirements as ebXML, but is built on top of SOAP.
> So, in conclusion, my point is that XP can be used for mission critical work
> if you build the required services on top of it.
> David Cleary
> Progress Software

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