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Re: Yahoo! WebService WSDL

From: Arthur Ryman <ryman@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 18:16:41 -0500
To: "Michael Salisbury" <salisbur@yahoo-inc.com>
Cc: www-ws-desc@w3.org, www-ws-desc-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF3F98AFED.A3B70E3E-ON85256FD2.007EE2C4-85256FD2.007FDD2A@ca.ibm.com>

I'm very interested in supporting your use of WSDL 2.0. It would be great 
if you could help us get this right. There are two ways you can help.

1. We are building up a Test Suite at W3C [1]. At present we don't have 
any REST test cases. If you can contribute some that conform to the WSDL 
2.0 HTTP binding, that would be great. Just post your test cases to this 
list and I'll add them. This will help us get the HTTP binding right.

2. There is also implementation work being planned. There is a new Apache 
project being proposed for WSDL 2.0. It will include a parser and 
validator. The tools will also be integrated into Eclipse as part of the 
Web Tools Platform (WTP) project [2]. Both projects would welcome 
participation from Yahoo.

[1] http://dev.w3.org/cvsweb/2002/ws/desc/test-suite/
[2] http://eclipse.org/webtools/index.html

Arthur Ryman,
Rational Desktop Tools Development

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"Michael Salisbury" <salisbur@yahoo-inc.com> 
Sent by: www-ws-desc-request@w3.org
03/21/2005 07:43 PM


Yahoo! WebService WSDL

Hi all,

I'm an engineer on the Yahoo! WebServices team.  As you may know we
recently launched some webservices at http://developer.yahoo.net.
We've got a set of REST APIs for accessing various search results.

While we do have a schema for the result XML for the calls, we have
no such specification for the requests.  David Orchard proposed a
WSDL 2.0 spec for one of the services at


I'd love to be able to support a spec like this, but we've got a
chicken-and-egg problem.  It's difficult to produce WSDL files when 
I've got no tools to verify that they're accurate, and it's difficult 
to build WSDL tools when there are no examples to try them on.

So I've come here in hopes of breaking the stalemate.  How would you
recommend we produce and maintain WSDL specs for our services?  Are
there tools for generating and verifying such specs?  Are there tools
for creating client stubs for calling services with WSDL specs?
Remember, these are HTTP REST APIs, not SOAP.


-- Mike Salisbury
   Yahoo! WebServices
Received on Monday, 28 March 2005 23:17:14 UTC

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