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From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 10:07:55 -0400
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Cc: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>, Jean-Jacques Moreau <moreau@crf.canon.fr>, Christopher B Ferris <chrisfer@us.ibm.com>, www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20021025100755.K29254@www.markbaker.ca>

On Fri, Oct 25, 2002 at 09:26:07AM -0400, Champion, Mike wrote:
> > I'd be all for removing any mention of SOAs, if only because I can't
> > think of a distributed system which isn't about services.  Email, ftp,
> > irc, the Web; all are SOAs.  Besides, we'd have to define it, and we
> > know how icky getting concensus on definitions can be. 8-/
> We can't avoid this term, it's pervasive.  Icky consensus building is what
> we do!

Well, the term is very commonly used to suggest that Web services *adds*
a service-oriented bent to the Web, when in fact the Web already had it,
just a very decentralized one.  I would personally prefer to avoid terms
that bring along baggage like this, as it just makes understanding and
respecting Web architecture that much more difficult.

> That said, we can't get sidetracked by this. The first page of Google hits
> for "service oriented architecture" has the definitions quoted above.  They
> are pretty consistent.  Let's let the editors tweak the wording, get it in
> the documents, and move on.

Ok.  As long as the definition and our use of the term doesn't suggest
that Web services are in any way adding any SOA-capabilities to the Web,
I'm (relatively) happy.

Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.
http://www.markbaker.ca             http://www.idokorro.com
Received on Friday, 25 October 2002 10:06:05 UTC

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