WS-I Releases Final Test Tools Packages for Basic Profile
WS-I Completes Basic Profile 1.0 Deliverables with Availability of Testing Tools
Basic Profile 1.0 Testing Tools Assess Compliance
WS-I Now Sets Sights on Interoperability for Web Services Security
Vancouver, B.C., Canada. March 17, 2004.
The Web Services Interoperability Organization ('WS-I') today announced the general availability of its testing tools for the assessment of Web services' interoperability with the WS-I Basic Profile. Final versions of the Web Service Communication Monitor and the Web Service Profile Analyzer are now available on the WS-I website at http://www.ws-i.org. With C# and Java tools implementations available there is a version for every Web services platform. The news was announced at the WS-I Spring Community Meeting taking place this week in Vancouver.
"We are excited to deliver the final component of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 deliverables package to the marketplace," said Tom Glover, president and chairman of WS-I. "The testing tools, along with the recently released Basic Profile 1.0 and Sample Applications 1.0, will help developers ensure that their Web services meet the WS-I interoperability guidelines and will provide customers with the confidence they need to successfully deploy Web services."
Test Tools Help Assess Compliance with the Basic Profile
The Web Service Communication Monitor ('Monitor') captures messages exchanged with Web services, and stores these messages for analysis by the second tool, the Web Service Profile Analyzer ('Analyzer'). The Analyzer evaluates messages captured by the Monitor, and also validates the description and registration artifacts of the Web service. These artifacts include the WSDL document(s) that describes the Web service, the XML schema files that describe the data types used in the WSDL service definition, and the UDDI registration entries. More than 300 test cases have been written and automated for the Analyzer tool. Each test case exercises between 50 and 90 test procedures.
The output from the Analyzer is a report that indicates whether or not a Web service meets the interoperability guidelines of the WS-I Basic Profile. The report provides details on the specific deviations and failures, so that users know which requirements of the WS-I Basic Profile were not met.
While Basic Profile 1.0 compliance is self-validated (i.e., WS-I is not a certifying authority), WS-I recommends the use of the testing tools before making claims of compliance. For more information about the proper language and requirements for all compliance claims, please refer to the WS-I
WS-I Tackles Web Services Security
Having completed the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 deliverables, WS-I is currently working to develop interoperability guidelines to address attachments and Web services security. In December, WS-I published drafts of the Basic Profile 1.1, Simple SOAP Binding Profile 1.0 and the Attachments Profile 1.0 for public review. In addition, the Basic Security Profile Working Group expects to publish a draft of the Basic Security Profile early next quarter. The Basic Security Profile will profile the OASIS WS-Security specification and its associated normatively referenced specifications. Last month, WS-I announced the availability of the first Security Scenarios Working Group Draft for public review. This document outlines security risks in building interoperable Web services and countermeasures for these risks.
WS-I is an open industry organization committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages. The organization unites a diverse community of Web services companies to provide guidance, recommended practices, and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services. Since its formation in February 2002, more than 170 companies have joined WS-I. For more information, please visit http://www.ws-i.org, or e-mail email@example.com.
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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story: "WS-I Releases Final Testing Tools Package for Basic Profile 1.0 Compliance." General references in "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."