Chapter 7. Metadata Management

Metadata is data about data, or more precisely, data about a software entity associated with it in some way. For example, a file is an entity, and a file record layout is metadata associated with the file that tells you how to interpret the contents of the file. A Web service may have a variety of metadata associated with it, including data types and structures for messages, message exchange patterns for exchanging messages, the network addresses of the endpoints that exchange the messages, and any requirements for extended features such as security, reliability, or transactions.

Web services metadata is an important part of basic and SOA-based Web services solutions. In general, the more complex the application of ...

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