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Reference Architecture for Web-Oriented Architecture

Published: 16 December 2008

ID: G00163569

Analyst(s): Daniel Sholler


WOA is a style of SOA that leverages the principles of representational state transfer and the Web. This reference architecture describes the necessary components to implement WOA.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • WOA Reference Architecture Derivation
    • How WOA Improves on the Five Attributes of SOA
    • The Relationship Between SOA Attributes and WOA Architectural Elements
  • WOA Reference Architecture in Practice
    • Implementation Models
    • Consumer Models
    • When to Use WOA
  • WOA Reference Architecture Defined
    • Comparison to Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume 1
  • Components in a WOA System
    • Origin Server
    • User Agent
    • Gateways and Proxies
  • Information Constructs in a WOA System
    • Resources
    • Resource Identifiers
    • Representations
    • Representation Metadata
    • Resource Metadata
    • Control Data
  • Mechanisms in a WOA System
    • Client and Server
    • Cache
    • Resolver
    • Tunnel
  • An Example of a WOA
  • The Google Book Search API
  • Conclusion and Recommendations

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