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You say pasta, I say spaghetti

There's been quite a bit of confusion around all the Web servicesdefinitions and acronyms that are floating around. Everyone has their own definition.
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Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on
There's been quite a bit of confusion around all the Web servicesdefinitions and acronyms that are floating around. Everyone has their own definition. To one vendor, it's "pasta,"to another, it's "spaghetti."
Justto clear the air, I've assembled a list of definitive definitions ofsome of the most commonly misconstrued Web services terms.
  • ESBs, or enterprise service buses: Those vehicles that pick up and drop off employees around the Microsoft campus.
  • SOAs, or service-oriented architectures: The art and science of designing the structures that house fast-food, video/DVD rental, and car-rental franchise locations for optimal flow between receipt of goods and point-of-sale stations.
  • WSDL:A small wind instrument that is a cross between a whistle and a kazoo.A great entertainment value when parties or informal gatherings startto slow down or get dull. A WSDL favorite: "Louie, Louie."
  • WS-Security, WS-Addressing, etc.: Originatingin whole or in part from companies in "Washington State." This is partof a promotional branding campaign to boost products originating fromthe state, borrowing on the success of "Washington State Apples" fromthe agriculture sector.
  • SOAP: The thing you got your mouth washed out with if you were overheard saying a bad word.
  • Interoperability: A bad word.
(The word itself, not the meaning!)

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