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Subject: Re: [uddi-spec] WSDL best practice

Hi Anne,

This is one of the items which was receiving substantial revision somewhat
along the lines of what you describe just before the end of uddi.org.  The
author plans to resubmit it shortly for consideration by the group.   At
the first TC meeting last week, we started reviewing a process document for
handling Best Practice submissions which we need to hammer out quickly and
get agreed upon so we can make progress with new and existing Best

Tom Bellwood

Anne Thomas Manes <anne@manes.net> on 09/19/2002 10:38:31 AM

To:    Uddi-Spec <uddi-spec@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject:    [uddi-spec] WSDL best practice

I'm  not sure if we're ready to get into issues yet, but I'd like to put
this one on  the table.

I have  some misgivings about the current WSDL best practices document.
I've outlined  the issue in the email below.
Some  recommendations:

- We create a set of canonical tModels to represent  various types of
- We  update the best practices document to state that the <binding>
information  should be separated from the abstract interface description.
We also define best  practices for using the binding type tModels.


-----Original Message-----
From: Anne Thomas Manes  [mailto:anne@manes.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 11:19  AM
To: uddi-technical@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE:  [uddi-technical] T-model and wsdl


Here is the official UDDI best practices document that explains how  to use

This  best practice describes how to divide your WSDL document into two
sections: one  that describes the abstract interface of your service (aka,
the service type --  the tModel represents the service type) and one that
describes the service  implementation (the businessService and the
bindingTemplate represent your  service implementation). According to this
best practice document, the  abstract interface WSDL description contains
the <types>, <message>,  <portType>, and <binding> elements, and the
service implementation  WSDL description includes or imports the abstract
WSDL description and adds the  <service> element.

I have  some misgivings about this approach, though, because the <binding>
information shouldn't really be part of the abstract service type. It works
fine  as long as you are the only one offering an implementation of the
service. It  doesn't work nearly as well if the service is offered by many
different  companies. The <binding> element contains information (such as
SOAPAction)  that is specific to a particular implementation. Also, if you
offer multiple  protocol bindings for your service (e.g., HTTP and SMTP),
you would need to  define multiple tModels to distinguish these bindings.
There really should be  one tModel that describes the abstract service, and
the binding information  should be associated with the service
implementation's bindingTemplate. (And  doesn't it make more sense to
publish binding information in the  bindingTemplate?)

Systinet has developed an alternate best practice, which recommends
dividing the WSDL document a little differently. The Systinet approach
views a  WSDL document as consisting of three parts: the WHAT part, the HOW
part,  and the WHERE part. The WHAT part describes the abstract interface.
It contains  the <types>, <message>, and <portType> elements. The HOW  part
descibes a binding. It includes or imports the WHAT part and adds the
<binding> element. The WHERE part describes a specific service
implementation. It includes or imports the HOW part and adds the <service>

According to the Systinet approach, the tModel should point to the WHAT
part, and the bindingTemplate should point to the HOW part (or perhaps to
the  WHERE part, which includes the HOW part -- but the "where" information
(the  Access Point) is already specified in the bindingTemplate accessPoint
element,  so the "where" information doesn't need to also be included in
the WSDL unless  you want to put it there). In any case, the WHERE part
should always be  co-located with your service URL -- for example,

Systinet also recommends that you create a set  of tModels that represent
the various types of bindings, such as  SOAP or XML-RPC, etc. If a service
supports a SOAP binding, then it  should include a reference to the SOAP
tModel in its bindingTemplate. (This  convention makes it very easy to
identify services that support SOAP.) You  might want to extend this
approach and create more fine-tuned binding  type tModels, such as SOAP
over HTTP and SOAP over JMS or SOAP RPC/Encoded-style  and SOAP
Document/Literal-style. Since you're building a private registry,  you can
define your own model and conventions to suit your  requirements.

Systinet provides a set of utilities that automate the UDDI  registration
process. (They support both the UDDI.org best practice method and  the
Systinet best practice method.) These utilities are included with the WASP
Server for Java product (see
http://www.systinet.com/index.php?nav=/products/wasp_jserver/overview --
it's free for development purposes). I believe that you can use these
utilities  to register services developed using other tools, too. (They
generate the UDDI  registration from the WSDL document.)

You  might find the Systinet WASP documentation helpful.
It  goes into great detail about the mappings between WSDL and UDDI using
both the  UDDI best practice approach and the Systinet approach.

Best  regards,
-----Original Message-----
From: bernardini@dis.uniroma1.it  [mailto:bernardini@dis.uniroma1.it]
Sent: Thursday, September 19,  2002 6:42 AM
To: uddi-technical
Subject: [uddi-technical]  T-model and wsdl

Hi all  (again),

I am working with IBM  uddi private registry, and I want to publish my
wservices including wsdl  documents I need to explain them to clients (my
ws are invoked by SOAP  server using wsdl documents); do you know how uddi
allows me to  register them?
I have to consider a wsdl  document as a T-model? or as a bindingTemplate?



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