Friday, 4 July 2008
The WS-Empire Strikes Back... feebly
Here’s a gem on a little-used mailing list:
As most of you know, over the last several years fairly good progress has been made on standardizing Web services. Many Web services specifications have, in fact, been standardized in W3C (i.e. SOAP 1.2, WSDL 2.0, WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, etc). There is still some work to be done.
Accessing data about a resource through Web services is an area of the Web services architecture that has yet to be fully realized. Some good work has already been done to date, however, some pieces of the overall puzzle are still waiting to be completely standardized.
We believe that four specifications, in particular, work together to provide mechanisms for accessing and manipulating the XML representation of a resource as well as any metadata associated with that resource. The four specifications are:
To this end, we recommend that the W3C create a new Working Group (with the suggested name of ” Web Services Resource Access Working Group”) to standardize the four specification mentioned above.
Right… So they need a protocol to access resources on the Web (this is Web services, after all…). Quite a puzzle indeed; what to do? This certainly isn’t possible on an Enterprise scale today.
My first concern was that Big Vendors and the W3C are still trying to replace HTTP with SOAP, but then I realised that there’s a far greater risk (because it’s more probable that it’ll actually happen); if they charter this group, they’re risking waking Mark Baker from his well-deserved hibernation. The fools!