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Subject: Re: [sca-assembly] Concrete Exit Criteria for the SCA Assembly TC - Proposal


The first bullet makes sense to me. Concerning the second, my understanding is the TC Test Suite is not normative and the only thing required for conformance is for the entity responsible for a particular runtime to declare that it adheres to the normative portions of the Assembly Specification. In other words, it should be valid for a runtime to claim conformance that supplies its own test suite, which may or may not be based on the TC one. This essentially goes back to using the "court of public opinion" to judge conformance claims as opposed to something akin to a TCK.


On Feb 18, 2011, at 6:19 AM, Mike Edwards wrote:


I propose the following as the Exit Criteria to be adopted by the SCA Assembly TC:

"The Concrete Exit Criteria for the SCA Assembly V1.1 specification are that:

o there shall be 2 independent SCA runtimes that are compliant with all normative portions of the
specification as described in Section 12.2 of the SCA Assembly V1.1 specification

o the 2 independent runtimes shall pass the Test Suite for SCA Assembly as described in the document
'TestCases for the SCA Assembly Model Version 1.1 Specification' "

I believe that this is sufficient to cover:
- the question of conformance to the spec
- the issues of portability and interoperability

since the test suite is a pretty thorough examination of conformance to the spec (there are testcases for
all normative statements with testable & observable consequences) and the test suite is also a test of portability,
since the test suite has an extensive set of artifacts that are ported to each runtime and interoperability is
checked through the use of Web services being used between the SCA runtime and a non-SCA (JAXWS) client.

Yours, Mike

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