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Subject: RE: [soa-rm] Definition of "Service Consumer"
Frank, I agree with the proposed definition of service requester - I also wanted to "amen" the distinction between a service agent and the "owner" or "person" for whom the interection is taking place. One additional thought concerning this distinction, however. Although I do believe every service has an "owner", a service requester is not necessarily a fixed entity, vs. a role that an entity can play. In other words, a given service may be providing a service on one hand, and yet be a service requester on the other hand. In this case, the "person" that ultimately initiated the interaction may have done so a few services back I guess there is one other possibility. Perhaps what you mean is that a service that acts as an agent on behalf of a person (i.e., a browser service) is a service requester, and any other service is just a service. Thoughts? -----Original Message----- From: Frank McCabe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 12:00 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [soa-rm] Definition of "Service Consumer" There is a distinction between the software *entity* (agent/component/J2EE bean/.../) that interacts with a service in order to achieve some goal, and the person or persons for whom that interaction is taking place. The reason that this distinction is important is similar to the distinction between a service interface and the service itself: accessing your bank account from an ATM or on-line will use different interfaces but ultimately all use the same service. Here is an example of why its important: the appropriate business logic to apply to a service request will depend on many factors: the means by which the request was delivered, the request itself and the person (or persons) for whom the request was made. This last aspect is completely independent of mode of requesting and is purely business/application specific. Incidentally, the above definition: "an agent that interacts with a service in order to achieve a goal" seems to be a reasonable definition of a service requester. On Apr 7, 2005, at 7:23 AM, Gregory A. Kohring wrote: > Matthew, > > OK, here a fewer other choices which might be deemed more > "respectful"... > > Service Consumer: > > 1) End-user of a service. > > 2) An agent which, acting on behalf of its owner, uses a service. > > 3) An entity which utilizes a service > > 4) An entity which consumes the product or information produced by a > service. > > > Note all of these definitions depend upon the definition of the > term "service". Have we agreed on this already? Perhaps we should > start there first... > > > -- Greg > > > > Matthew MacKenzie wrote: >> I think services deserve respect, lets try not to exploit them :-) >> Gregory A. Kohring wrote: >>> Thomas, >>> >>> Perhaps one should use a somewhat broader definition which captures >>> the human user as well: >>> >>> Service Consumer: An entity which exploits a service. >>> >>> >>> -- Greg >>> >>> >>> Thomas Erl wrote: >>> >>>> Now that we've decided on the term "service consumer" it may be >>>> useful to formally define it. The term "consumer" is used by the >>>> WS-I Basic Profile wherein it is simply defined as "Software that >>>> invokes an instance." >>>> >>>> Thomas >>>> >>> >>> > > > -- > ====================================================================== > G.A. Kohring > C&C Research Laboratories, NEC Europe Ltd. > ====================================================================== >