On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2006: CoopIS, DOA, GADA, and ODBASE

Volume 4275 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 145-162

Let’s Dance: A Language for Service Behavior Modeling

  • Johannes Maria ZahaAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology
  • , Alistair BarrosAffiliated withSAP Research Centre
  • , Marlon DumasAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology
  • , Arthur ter HofstedeAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology

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In Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs), software systems are decomposed into independent units, namely services, that interact with one another through message exchanges. To promote reuse and evolvability, these interactions are explicitly described right from the early phases of the development lifecycle. Up to now, emphasis has been placed on capturing structural aspects of service interactions. Gradually though, the description of behavioral dependencies between service interactions is gaining increasing attention as a means to push forward the SOA vision. This paper deals with the description of these behavioral dependencies during the analysis and design phases. The paper outlines a set of requirements that a language for modeling service interactions at this level should fulfill, and proposes a language whose design is driven by these requirements.