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Using UML to Model Web Services for Automatic Composition

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Executive Summary

There is a great interest paid to the web services paradigm nowadays. One of the most important problems related to the web service paradigm is the automatic composition of web services. Several frameworks have been proposed to achieve this novel goal. The most recent and richest framework (model) is the Colombo model. However, even for experienced developers, working with Colombo formalisms is low-level, very complex and time-consuming. The paper proposes to use UML (Unified Modeling Language) to model services and service composition in Colombo. By using UML, the web service developer will deal with the high level graphical models of UML avoiding the difficulties of working with the low-level and complex details of Colombo.

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