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Brandon Savage's Blog:
What Constitutes A Web Service?
July 16, 2009 @ 08:38:36

In ths new post to his blog Brandon Savage asks the question "what constitutes a web service" and explains some of the things that he sees as defining characteristics of them.

The explosion of the concept of "web services" has generated a debate over what "web services" actually are. An article by Raj Mishra tries to limit the concept of "web service" to a strict ten-point list, insisting that a web service have a WSDL and uses SOAP. While this is a perfectly fine sentiment (even the one endorsed by WC3), it certainly is a limiting description.

Brandon notes that his definition as to what constitutes a "web service" has broadened from the strict "SOAP and a WSDL" the W3C implies. Instead he suggests three points that would help make a better definition of a service:

  • Provides an endpoint or endpoints for the retrieval and/or addition of data through a standard format; and
  • Contains one or more documented method(s) for retrieving or adding that data; and
  • Allows access by users who are not operating from the same servers as the endpoint(s).
Notice the multiple "and" in there - his three criteria work together to define the service make for less ambiguity while still allowing for flexibility.

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Ligaya Turmelle's Blog:
W3C Launches New HTML Working Group
March 12, 2007 @ 10:46:00

Ligaya Turmelle has relayed some great news in her latest blog entry, something that the web's been needing for a long time - a new group from the W3C created specifically for enhancing the HTML standard.

Now I have to admit to being curious about what is going on - after all anything new dealing with the web affects me as PHP coder. Since the W3C is supposedly interested in input from the Web community and content developers, I decided to see who from PHP would be there. Granted it is very early for the formation of the group so it didn't really surprise me to see no one from PHP that I know or heard about in there, but I wonder if anyone from the PHP Group will become a "invited expert" somewhere down the road.

The group is looking for members to help define this next generation of markup on the web. Check out their page for some of the qualifications needed to participate and for some of the upcoming events.W3C Launches New HTML Working Group

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