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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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Summary

Conversation technology is not yet mature in the Web services world. While WSCL is the forerunning technology in this arena, it has not yet reached the heights of being the conversations standard.

However, WSCL is a capable, if minimal interface description language. It is based on the notion of being able to represent a conversation as a state machine, which is then itself represented in an XML form. This XML form consists of Interactions, which declare the messages exchanged between parties in a conversation and Transitions, which govern the ordering of those interactions. These are then wrapped within a Conversation element that deals with the initialization and finalization of the conversation, as well as naming, documentation, and ...

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