Microsoft Publishes .Net-Related Specifications

ORLANDO (07/12/2000) - At its Professional Developers Conference here Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. announced preliminary versions of two new software development specifications that company officials described as integral to the Internet-based .Net Web services strategy Microsoft unveiled last month.

The specifications are based on Microsoft's Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), which uses XML and HTTP technology to provide a common format for routing messages between different applications. The protocol ferries remote procedure calls from systems past Web site firewalls so they can exchange messages with other applications.

SOAP was submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a proposed interoperability standard earlier this year, and Microsoft officials said the new SOAP Contract Language and SOAP Discovery specifications eventually will be added to the standards proposal.

SOAP Contract Language provides a mechanism software developers can use to publish technical descriptions of the different messages specific Web-based computing services can send and receive, Microsoft said. SOAP Discovery lays out a set of rules for automatically locating the description of an individual Web service.

Both specifications are important elements of the .Net framework for making Microsoft's products and other applications available as Internet-based computing services.

The preliminary versions of the specifications can be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site. Company officials didn't say when the two specifications would be sent to the W3C.

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