News from WS-* Land, Once Again

, Sep 20, 2004

The usual suspects, this time together with Systinet, have released two new Web services specs: WS-Enumeration and WS-Transfer. WS-Enumeration standardizes a pattern well-known from Distributed Object technologies, namely retrieving large result sets in chunks. Nice, but not that impressive — but maybe that’s a good thing: it essentially standardizes something that is known to work instead of inventing something on the fly.

WS-Transfer, IMO, is much more interesting — a REST-style set of uniform SOAP operations. I’m not sure yet whether the fact that HTTP POST has become CREATE is just a simple name change, or intended to show that this method is not intended for other uses … probably the spec authors were not so sure themselves.