Web Services - What's in a Name?

by Steve Anglin

Related link: http://www.w3.org/TR/wsdl

Related link: http://www.w3.org/TR/wsdl

What's in a name with Web Services? It's all hype. Right? Not necessarily. SunONE, .NET, WebSphere (IBM e-Business), BEA (pending announcement), and others do have a buzz word for their respective Web Services strategy. Irrespective of the buzz or their respective branding, Web Services does indeed exist.

However, Web Services has also been a buzz word in the market itself. But it is based on the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), submitted to the W3C for review. WSDL has been considered buzz by some in the industry as well, since it's based on a particular packaging of SOAP, MIME, HTTP and other possible XML bindings and schemas. Expect XSP to be added to WSDL when the next submission takes place. Additionally, a P2P layer which includes UDDI and the ebXML framework may be included as well somtime in the near future.

WSDL is mostly made up of SOAP though. Well, SOAP is a packaging of particular XML protocols. Etc.

So, what's in a name? A lot taken in this context.