The recent smash hit, Web Services, has played from coast to coast on the business “Hypo-Tronic Gizmo” for several years now. One might even suggest that if DJ-Bob had a weekly Top 10 countdown featuring the most prolific debuts in business-hype history, Web Services would be at or near the top (clouds are also floating fairly high these days). This Hypo-Tronic Gizmo (or HG device) is extremely unique because it plays only what the listener wishes to hear. For top-level executives the device delivers a simple, “Cha-Ching”. For mid-level managers it renders a more subtle, “Here we go again”, reprise. But, for those in the trenches – the technical implementers and end users – it screams, “Fire in the hole!” Yet, surprisingly, to those who have lived through the budget-blowing and non-committing trends of the past, Web Services has actually delivered a Certified Platinum hit that many advocates had hoped it would achieve. Continue reading
In my last blog, I talked about UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) including where it’s been and where it might be going. In this article I’m going to take a different look at UDDI and consider the question, how useful is it to find what you’re looking for? One aspect of UDDI that has been overlooked by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), the Web Services standards body, is how to find services faster and more efficiently.
UDDI allows service providers to publish data about themselves and their Web Services, and supports simple searching for services. The standard UDDI search uses a single search criterion, such as business location, business name, service type by name, business category or business identifier. This limits the efficacy of UDDI for general service discovery. An example is searching by business category; the search might return the service you want, but you might need to filter the results to find it. Continue reading