XML Web Services: The Global Computer?

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The Web Services Description Language (WSDL)(Christensen et al., 2001) specifies how to implement remote procedure calls over the web via messages encoded in XML. WSDL promises a web-based programming model that works across multiple devices, multiple operating systems, and multiple organisations. Both commercial and open source implementations are available. There are critics, but momentum is building. We may say that WSDL is a detailed—though certainly partial—blueprint for the long awaited global computer. The first goal of my talk is simply to explain the basic ideas of WSDL is a detailed - though certainly partial -- blueprint for the long awaited global computer. The first goal of my talk is simply to explain the basic ideas of WSDL and related specifications. My second goal is to explore some of the questions raised by WSDL, and some of the opportunities we have to apply ideas from theoretical computer science. In particular, I will report the results of an ongiong project to investigate security properties of XML web services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFoundations of Information Technology in the Era of Network and Mobile Computing
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP 17th World Computer Congress — TC1 Stream / 2nd IFIP International Conference on Theoretical Computer Science (TCS 2002) August 25–30, 2002, Montréal, Québec, Canada
PublisherSpringer US
Pages355
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4757-5275-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-7181-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer US
Volume96
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

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