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RE: Partial executability/ determinism of a Chor description language

From: Yaron Y. Goland <ygoland@bea.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 21:11:54 -0400
To: "Fletcher, Tony" <Tony.Fletcher@choreology.com>, <public-ws-chor@w3.org>
MessageMy personal preference is that nothing be said in the cDl about how
the message is to be processed. E.g. nothing is ever said about the contents
of the message and decisions made on those contents. This is exactly what
BPEL in general and BPEL abstract processes in particular are intended for.
They provide direct insight into how a participant makes a decision at
whatever level of detail one cares to share.

The cDl on the other hand describes just the global behavior without insight
into a particular process. That is its key distinction with regards to BPEL.
If this group chooses to go down the path of providing the type of message
based execution decision described below inside of the cDl then the working
group will be taking a position that puts it into direct competition with

There is nothing in the group's charter that says 'thou shalt avoid
competing with BPEL' and perhaps our best technical needs will be met by
such a competition. I personally do not believe so and have explained my
reasoning in my use case/requirements document. But if we do decide to
provide insight into the internals of a process's execution we should do so
with a clear understanding that we are talking a position in direct
competition with BPEL.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: public-ws-chor-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-ws-chor-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Fletcher, Tony
  Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 2:41 AM
  To: public-ws-chor@w3.org
  Subject: Partial executability/ determinism of a Chor description language

  Dear Colleagues,

  I would like to clarify in my own mind and continue a discussion o the
degree to which a Choreography description language (CDL) is deterministic
or 'executable'.  I think this issue links to previous threads on the use of
information from messages, or not.

  I think we all agree that a CDL will only give a very partial description
of the behaviour of any 'entity' playing a particular role (and that you do
need a full programming language such as Java or C#  for any sort of
'complete' description.

  However, consider the following:

  Role A sends message 1 to role B

  Role B replies with message 2 to role A

  At this point there may now be say three different messages that A could
next send to B according to the CDL instance and given no other information.

  Now suppose that message 1 was an order message and message 2 an order
response with a critical information field that says 'accept' or 'reject'.

  The CDL could now say that role A can examine the incoming message 2
extract the semantic accept or reject and if reject then send message 3 else
send message 4 or message 5 (means of determining which is not shown in this
CDL instance, but would be in the CPL for that role).

  Without being dependent on the precise syntax of messages, only some of
the semantic elements, I think that some people in this group would like the
above behaviour to be supported by the WS-Chor language and thus support for
this behaviour to be a requirement.

  Others seem to be arguing for no dependence on message content at all -
perhaps just the name of the message received(?).  Can we reach an amicable

  Best Regards     Tony
  A M Fletcher

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