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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers by Yasser Shohoud

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11.6. How Categorization Works

UDDI is expected to hold hundreds of thousands of business entities and services. With such a large volume of data, it's necessary to categorize businesses, services, and other UDDI data items based on a meaningful categorization scheme. For example, businesses might be categorized by geographic region or industry type.

In general, categorization (sometimes called classification), is the process of adding information to a UDDI data structure, such as a business entity, making this data structure a member of one or more predefined categories.

To categorize a business entity, you add keyedReference elements to the entity's categoryBag, which acts as a collection of keyedReferences. Listing 11.6 shows the categoryBag ...

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