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   WS-ReliableMessaging and the GXA

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as you may know, Microsoft, IBM et al have recently (last thursday)
published a spec on reliable messaging, no doubt in response to the OASIS
standards effort WS-Reliability.

(for a good, not too deep comparison of the two specs see:

looking closer at the spec, in an attempt to design an RM implementation
capable of supporting both standards (aren't standards just great!), a
number of questions popped up. which led to more questions..

not commenting any further on the general crappiness of putting a second
reliability spec out instead of consolidating work around the OASIS
effort, or the general crappiness of the spec itself missing a processing
model, or the crappiness of building on ebXML Messaging without paying the
least tribute, i diplomatically sidestep all these inflameable issues to
explore another ->

level one questions:
 - does 4.2 Delivery Assurance state a messaging requirement, or messaging
 - how do i combine non-exclusive Delivery Assurances eg wsrm:InOrder and
 - there's a bug in the schema, innit!
et cetera.

level two questions:
 - now who do i tell / ask about this?

level three questions:
 - what's the publication process of these specs anyhow?

i can't even figure out what the actual status of the document is.
it says on the MS site and the spec:

"WS-ReliableMessaging was published as a public specification on 13 March
2003. This is the first joint BEA/IBM/Microsoft/TIBCO Software publication
of the specification."

final? draft? candidate? version number???

"The WS-ReliableMessaging Specification may change before final release and
you are cautioned against relying on the content of this specification."

okay, so it's not final.

"BEA, IBM, Microsoft, and TIBCO Software will solicit your contributions
and suggestions in the near future."

but i can't find who i'm supposed to relay my contributions and
suggestions to. surely not the MSDN developer center!

anyone knows?


Martin Klang
http://www.o-xml.org - the object-oriented XML programming language


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