Microsoft to Release New Web Services Spec

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-02-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

According to sources, Microsoft and a group of companies will release a new Web services specification late Tuesday, which will help provide Web services interoperability and support for occasionally-connected devices and systems,

Microsoft Corp. and a group of fellow-travelers are planning to release a new Web services specification late Tuesday, which will help provide Web services interoperability and support for occasionally-connected devices and systems, sources said. The new specification is called WS-Discovery and is supported by Microsoft, Canon Inc., BEA Systems Inc., and Intel Corp. The companies are set to announce the specification at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, sources said. The WS-Discovery specification acts somewhat like the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) standard, except it will focus on dealing with devices and systems that are not always connected to the network.
Microsoft is focusing its WS-Discovery protocol on two key issues: notifying systems through a multicast protocol when a device or service is available, and providing a location "bootstrap" so that UDDI systems and event-driven systems can continue to locate and communicate with the device. This enables a device to announce itself on a network and then exchange information with other devices and systems.
WS-Discovery is complementary to UDDI and will work with other protocols, such as like WS-Eventing, WS-Addressing, WS-Security, and WS-ReliableMessaging—once a device or occasionally connected services announces itself—for ongoing system-to-system communication. Want the story latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools? Check out eWEEKs Developer Center at http://developer.eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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