14.3. Service Framework

E-Speak’s Service Framework Specification (SFS) was initially released in the spring of 2000. It provided an XML-based specification for describing business models, publishing services into registries, querying for services in registries, enveloping business documents (much like today’s SOAP standard), e-Speak service interface definitions, and security. Overall, this specification was fairly complete and introduced some valuable concepts; the Internet-accessible business service registry was one such concept, though it would not make its way into web services standards for another year.

The SFS is a horizontal standard — defining an infrastructure upon which to construct a network of intercommunicating services. Other ...

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