10.5 UDDI

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For web services to work, a mechanism must allow their discovery. That's where Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) comes in. Initially, the UDDI project was started by Ariba, IBM, and Microsoft, but currently, over 220 companies are involved in the effort. The primary goal behind UDDI is to enable companies to find one another on the Web and make their systems available to one another. Think of UDDI as an online yellow pages for web services.

Registering with UDDI is not only easy, it's free. Go to http://www.uddi.org to get started. The registration process takes only a few minutes. Currently, you can register with either Microsoft or IBM. However, SAP and Hewlett-Packard have registries in beta, so it shouldn't be long before additional options are available.

Select Microsoft as a registrar to be directed to http://uddi.microsoft.com. The registration requirements are simple: a valid email or a Passport account and the usual address information. From the administration menu, one or more businesses can be configured under the account, each with as many web services as needed.

The great thing is that one company's services are on equal footing with the others ( name recognition aside). The factors that make a difference, of course, are not only the features offered , but performance and scalability. Chances are that a company running ZipService over a cable modem from the garage will not fare well against another provider that has serious fire power on its side.

Each web service is described by a tModel , which is a data structure that represents an abstract service type in UDDI. UDDI is not specifically made for web services, although that is what it is primarily known for. The registry is more generic than that. UDDI is really about describing services in general.

A tModel that describes a web service should have the type wsdlspec . Having it will make the web service available to tools like Visual Studio .NET.

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Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic. Net
Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic .NET
ISBN: 0596001460
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2001
Pages: 112
Authors: J.P. Hamilton

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