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June 8, 2005

Names and testability

Filed under: webarch — Mark Baker @ 9:32 pm

In an article titled SOA by any other name, Phil Wainewright discusses the confusion with the term “SOA”;

The only reason for using these phrases is if they help establish shared meaning that allows people to effectively exchange information and constructively expand their knowledge.

No matter what position you take in the SOA vs. REST debate, I think you really have to respect that “RESTfulness” is testable, and in fact that the probability of any given architecture or architectural style being tested in the affirmative, is very small, something the Third Law of Thermodynamics tells us is desirable. If practically every distributed infrastructure ever developed is an SOA, then the term is of no value, either when trying to communicate with somebody else, or when designing a distributed system.

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