WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 Makes Debut

The long-awaited profile identifies how Web services specifications should be used together to create interoperable Web services.

BOSTON—After a long period of hype around Web services, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) Tuesday announced the official delivery of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0.

The WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 is a set of specifications that guarantees Web services interoperability if users adhere to the profiles guidelines and vendors include WS-I BP 1.0 support in their implementations. The profile identifies how Web services specifications should be used together to create interoperable Web services.

Although, the WS-I BP 1.0 has been available as a draft standard in public review and many have seen it, the formal announcement means several vendors will get behind the profile to guarantee that their offerings adhere to the standard, thus eliminating a lot of the research and guess work customer organizations had to go through to find interoperable implementations.

Essentially, the WS-I Basic Profile consists of proven technologies to ensure that systems that utilize it will be interoperable. The specifications covered by the Basic Profile include Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1, Web Services Description Language WSDL (WSDL) 1.1, Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) 2.0, XML 1.0 and XML Schema.

Rob Cheng, a senior product manager at Oracle Corp. and chair of the WS-I marketing committee, said when he talks to customers about Web services, "the real things they focus on are that companies will not have to worry about plumbing anymore. This [BP 1.0] will reduce cost and complexity and will reduce early adopter risks. The Basic Profile 1.0 lays the foundation for all the future work well be doing."

Mark Hapner, chief Web services strategist at Sun Microsystems Inc. and Suns representative on the WS-I board, said "from a developers perspective, this means developers dont have to delve into the details of the technologies and try to pick and choose what will work. Now theres unanimity amongst the vendors, and theres an underlying set of scenarios represented by the WS-I sample applications."

Later in the fall, the WS-I says it will release test tools and sample applications to support the Basic Profile 1.0, available in both C# and Java.

"The test suite will allow a developer to get a very specific analysis about whether theyre compliant [with the BP 1.0] spec or not, and if not, what the issues are," Hapner said.

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