Profiling of Web Services to Measure and Verify their Non-Functional Properties

Profiling of Web Services to Measure and Verify their Non-Functional Properties

Witold Abramowicz (Poznan University of Economics, Poland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-042-4.ch005
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Abstract

The following chapter focuses on the problem of the proper definition of non-functional properties and methods that may be applied in order to estimate their values. First of all, a reader is familiarized with the concept of non-functional properties and different views on the quality of Web services. Then, selected approaches to obtain values of non-functional properties are presented. The focus of attention is Web services profiling that seems to be one of the most promising methods to perform this task. The framework presented in this chapter was implemented and tested within the EU Adaptive Services Grid project.
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Non-Functional Properties Of Web Services

To fully exploit the advantages of Web services technology, as indicated in the introduction section, their proper description is required. The common agreement is that a Web service should be represented by its surrogate, providing information on its functional (what a Web service does), non-functional (how it does it), and behavioural characteristics (which parties are involved in the process of service provisioning). However, before the initiatives in the area of Web services description are presented, differences between a service and a Web service, being crucial for our further discussion, need to be mentioned.

A service is usually defined as a provision of value in some domain (Preist, 2004) or seen as a business activity that often results in intangible outcomes or benefits (Baida, Gordijn, Omelayenko, & Akkermans, 2004). Let us consider an example of a person who wants to buy a book on knowledge representation published by Springer. The service this person is looking for is the provisioning of books with the specified constraints. A provision is in fact independent on how the supplier and provider interact (Lara & Olmedilla, 2005), that is, it does not really matter at this point whether the requester goes to a bookshop or uses the Amazon.com portal to buy the book of interest.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Torbjørn Skramstad
Preface
Khaled M. Khan
Acknowledgment
Khaled M. Khan
Chapter 1
Ghita Kouadri Mostefaoui
The ultimate effectiveness in terms of quality achievements should be a key concern of systems built from Web services. To this end, in this chapter... Sample PDF
The Development, Testing, and Deployment of a Web Services Infrastructure for Distributed Healthcare Delivery, Research, and Training
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Chapter 2
Abdelghani Benharref, Mohamed Adel Serhani, Mohamed Salem, Rachida Dssouli
Web services are a new breed of applications that endorse large support from main vendors from industry as well as academia. As the Web services... Sample PDF
Multi-Tier Framework for Management of Web Services' Quality
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Chapter 3
Krishna Ratakonda
In this chapter we present an overview of research and development efforts across several different technical communities aimed at enabling... Sample PDF
Quality Models for Multimedia Delivery in a Services Oriented Architecture
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Chapter 4
Julio Fernández Vilas
Several open issues in Web services architecture are being solved by using different kinds of solutions. Standard high-availability techniques based... Sample PDF
Virtual Web Services: Extension Architecture to Alleviate Open Problems in Web Services Technology
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Chapter 5
Witold Abramowicz
The following chapter focuses on the problem of the proper definition of non-functional properties and methods that may be applied in order to... Sample PDF
Profiling of Web Services to Measure and Verify their Non-Functional Properties
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Chapter 6
Kyriakos Kritikos
As the Web service (WS) paradigm gains popularity for its promise to transform the way business is conducted, the number of deployed WSs grows with... Sample PDF
Enhancing the Web Service Description and Discovery Processes with QoS
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Chapter 7
Michael C. Jaeger, Matthias Werner
This chapter presents the definition of relevant terminology and a conceptual model of the basic terms. The chapter starts with the presentation of... Sample PDF
Web Services Dependability
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Chapter 8
Frederic Montagut, Refik Molva, Silvan Tecumseh Golega
Composite applications leveraging the functionalities offered by Web services are today the underpinnings of enterprise computing. However, current... Sample PDF
Transactional Composite Applications
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Chapter 9
Enrico Pontelli, Tran Cao Son, Chitta Baral
This chapter presents a comprehensive logic programming framework designed to support intelligent composition of Web services. The underlying model... Sample PDF
A Logic Programming Based Framework for Intelligent Web Service Composition
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Chapter 10
Daniel Brenner, Barbara Paech, Matthias Merdes, Rainer Malaka
For the foreseeable future, testing will remain the mainstay of software quality assurance and measurement in all areas of software development... Sample PDF
Enhancing the Testability of Web Services
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Chapter 11
Ghita Kouadri Mostefaoui, Zakaria Maamar, Nanjangud C. Narendra
This chapter presents our research initiative known as aspect-oriented framework for Web services (AoF4WS). This initiative looks into the role of... Sample PDF
Aspect-Oriented Framework for Web Services (AoF4WS): Introduction and Two Example Case Studies
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Chapter 12
Ty Mey Eap, Marek Hatala, Dragan Gaševic, Nima Kaviani, Ratko Spasojevic
The lack of intrinsic and user control in the identity management of today Internet security hampers the research in the area of Semantic Web and... Sample PDF
Open Security Framework for Unleashing Semantic Web Services
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Chapter 13
Vishal Dwivedi
This chapter underlines the importance of security service level agreements (SLAs) for Web services. As Web services are increasingly incorporated... Sample PDF
Providing Web Services Security SLA Guarantees: Issues and Approaches
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Chapter 14
Fatih Oguz
This chapter describes a research study with an objective to explore and describe decision factors related to technology adoption. The study... Sample PDF
Adoption of Web Services in Digital Libraries: An Exploratory Study
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Chapter 15
Bijoy Majumdar
Change is the only constant, and this concept holds good for services too. Service maintenance is the most tedious and longest phase of service... Sample PDF
Service Evolution and Maintainability
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Pauline Ratnasingam
This chapter aims to examine the extent of Web services usage and quality, applying the balanced scorecard methodology in a small business firm as... Sample PDF
The Role of Web Services: A Balance Scorecard Perspective
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