Venkat Ragunathan

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There is a need for container-managed support for local invocations among colocated Web services. This feature would be similar to EJB local invocations in the J2EE world. This need stems from the fact that a lot of enterprise applications are being Web service enabled and wrapped for the twin purposes of easier EAI and external access across firewalls in a standards-based way. Given the increasingly complex nature of business transactions, often these Web services that need to invoke each other due to functional dependencies. Also, some facade Web services need to invoke back-end applications, which themselves are Web services that in turn wrap other legacy applications running on different platforms. In these scenarios, and many others, it would be an overhead to use HTTP/SOAP for invocations among Web services running within the same Web service container. Ther... (more)