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Web Services Reliable Messaging Protocol – impresses more

In January a draft Web Services Reliability specification was announced and I wrote expressing some concerns about the specification. My first concern was the noticeably absence of IBM, Microsoft and BEA from the sponsor list. On March 13 it became clear why, when they, along with Tibco, announced their own ‘Web Services Reliable Messaging Protocol’ specification in this space.

The two specifications address the same issue of how to ensure delivery of messages from one web service to another, including the different levels of service ranging from ‘at most once’ to ‘exactly once and in order’. However in their detail of how to do this, the terminology used and the schemas, required they are totally incompatible.

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