Daily Archives: January 6, 2006

Really Simple WSDL Discovery

My colleague William Henry may be onto something with his idea for using RSS as a WSDL discovery mechanism, avoiding the overhead of a UDDI-based solution when you don’t need it.
I can easily imagine StrikeIron and XMethods and others adding RSS feeds that include pointers to the WSDLs they list, as an additional mechanism for publishing links to the services they list.
These types of Web pages are service directories, after all, and pages like these already provide a good alternative to a registry/repository solution for lightweight browsing and discovery.
(In fact these types of pages have survived while the public UDDI will be shut down next week.)
I can easily also imagine Web services and SOA customers starting out their small and “bottom-up” projects by putting an existing intranet Web server to work hosting a page with service descriptions and RSS feeds used the way William’s Celtix demo works.