Wednesday, 24 January 2007

The final WS-Tx TC meeting?

Last week we had what will probably be the final WS-Transaction TC (WS-Tx) face-to-face meeting, here in Hursley in the UK. Its nice to have everyone else do all the travelling now and again.
I have co-chaired the TC with Eric since November 2005 and we are now nearing the end of the standardization process.

The TC will shortly vote on the approval of committee specification status for our 3 specs - WS-Coordination, WS-AtomicTransaction and WS-BusinessActivity. This is the penultimate stage before submitting to the OASIS membership for consideration as an OASIS standard.

You can see the excitement on the faces of the technical committee as we prepare for the final stage of the standards effort...

The photo was taken in the Kings Head in Hursley, by Bob Freund.

Its been a long and winding road - early drafts of the input specs were published as long ago as 2002 and the foundation WS-Coordination specification was itself inspired by earlier work on the CORBA Activity service. There are already several generally available implementations of the input specifications and pre-production implementations of the proposed final standard. It is to be hoped that the proven success of the WS-Tx protocols in existing, commercially available products together with the extensible nature of WS-Coordination will make this technology the obvious base for new types of coordination protocols. Time will tell...

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