Web services and SOA

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What is the difference between Web services and service-oriented architectures?
ASKED: October 21, 2004  11:27 AM
UPDATED: October 25, 2004  11:10 AM

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Service Oriented Architecture is a generic term for an architecture offering Services and all the supporting infrastructure such as directories and permissioning, etc.
It could be argued that the first SOA was the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) many moons ago. Web Services is the current fashionable SOA, coming as it does from a long line of DCE, COM, CORBA….

So saying, Web Services looks like a winner since all the major players are supporting it (for the first time). But, be careful, if you want standards, WS has plenty, but hardly any are defined. A WS expert told me recently that there were at least 50 different standards being worked on today… and you wouldn’t believe the sort of esoteric stuff they’re working on!

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    "Web services" - very specifically defined - center on SAP (simple object access protocol) and WSDL (web services diescription language). If you have an internal system that, for example, has widely useful information about, say, the shipping weight of a product, you might create a shipping weight lookup web service that can be invoked by systems run by 3rd party logistics providers, channel partners, customers etc. The calling system provides the product ID, and your web service provides the shipping weight. A "web service"is typically "narrow" and focused. Service architecture has to do with how multiples of such services are structured, managed, "choreographed," etc. Clearly, before the external logistics system calls the "shipping price" calculator it needs to call the hypothetical "shipping weight" web service. Although devising "architecture" is "good," in some cases debates over architecture has diverted people from putting up useful web services that provide immediate benefit.
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