WS-TX TC Underway

Hello from sunny Cupertino (it’s raining in Boston), where Hitachi is hosting the initial meeting of the OASIS WS-TX technical committee.
Ian and I were approved as co-chairs this morning, and at the moment we are going through the background on the submitted specifications.
The charter, which we reviewed this morning with minor clarification, has us completing an OASIS committee specification draft of WS-Coordination within six months, and committee drafts of WS-AT and WS-BA within a year.
The meeting is going well so far, and we have about 28 people in the room and several more on the phone.
I’m really looking forward to progressing these specifications to OASIS standards during the next year. As I have said before, this represents the convergence of my interests in TP and Web services.
Last night I was talking with some of the TC members and I realized that I’ve been working in TP for 27 years now…starting in 1978 with a system that used an HP 3000 for the back end COBOL “handlers” that accessed the database and an HP 9000 to drive the Burroughs poll select block mode terminal protocol.
In those days we were very excited about transforming batch systems to online systems – some of the younger folks commented that they are just as happy not to have been around then.
But this was what got me started – seeing the benefits of immediately querying the database after an update rather than waiting overnight to get the results, or to find out that an error occured.
In the Web services area my main interest is in software standardization – the benefits to be achieved by turning what is essentially still a craft industry into a more scientific or industrial industry.
I was talking with someone about this on the plane out here last night, someone not in the computer industry. And to the question of how did we figure out that we’ve built the right products with the right features at the right price in comparison to what other vendors do…basically today that tends to be a judgement call. How do you evaluate the quality of a piece of pottery, quilt, or sweater at a craft show?
Today with software it’s the same question, but we need to move toward standards that will allow us to better compare products against each other.

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