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IBM and Microsoft recently launched another Web services-related effort - the Web Services Interoperability Organization (www.ws-i.org), or WS-I for short. Its charter is to promote Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems, and programming languages. I, for one, view interoperability as absolutely critical to the success of Web services technology. I don't think I'm alone in the view, since more than 60 companies joined the consortium within the first week. Obviously the formation of this group is a "good thing." So I was a bit amused by the immediate defensive response that occurred after the announcement. How does WS-I relate to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C - www.w3.org)? Isn't W3C supposed to define the interoperability standards? And what about the SOAPBuilders group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soapbuilders)? Aren't they taking... (more)

Infrastructure-Level Web Services

When discussing Web services, most people tend to focus on the core Web services framework (the standards and protocols) and the applications that you can build with the framework. Although I have no trouble waxing profusely on these topics, I get even more jazzed when I start to think about infrastructure-level Web services. (I know. I need to get a life.) Infrastructure-level Web services are Web services that implement part of the distributed computing infrastructure. They help other Web services communicate. In particular, these services make the Web services framework more ... (more)

Book Excerpt: When to Use Web Services

There are many compelling reasons to use Web services. It seems as if everyone is at least playing with Web services. Almost every software vendor is building support for Web services into its platforms, languages, and tools. Web services enable any-to-any integration, supporting any programming language, any runtime platform, and any network transport. Technologies such as SOAP and WSDL are simpler to use than traditional integration middleware technologies, and they offer much more flexibility. When combined with domain-specific industry standards, Web services enable unprecede... (more)

The State of Standards

There is an old saying among standards wonks: "The most wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them." And this truism is more applicable today than ever before. There are so many WS-* specifications, I've started referring to them as WS-Vertigo. But there is a reason that there are so many of them. The Web Services Framework (WSF) relies on a composable architecture. One of the primary tenets of the WSF is to keep things as simple as possible. Therefore, if an application doesn't require security, reliability, or transactions, you shouldn't clutter up the i... (more)

Registering a Web Service in UDDI

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) is a registry for Web services. It provides a mechanism to advertise and discover Web services. Although you don't need to use UDDI to implement a Web services solution, you'll find that a UDDI registry greatly simplifies the management and administration of your services, particularly once they have reached a certain critical mass. Once you've developed more than a few services, and once you start giving access to those services to more than a few controlled individuals, management starts to get more challenging. Potential... (more)