Web-oriented architecture

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Web-oriented architecture (WOA) is a style of software architecture that extends service-oriented architecture (SOA) to web-based applications, and is sometimes considered to be a light-weight version of SOA. WOA is also aimed at maximizing the browser and server interactions by use of technologies such as REST and POX.

The axioms of web architecture describe the basic building blocks of the Web (URIs) and how they can be combined into a wider system.

  • Axiom 0: Universality 1 - Any resource anywhere can be given a URI.
  • Axiom 0a: Universality 2 - Any resource of significance should be given a URI.
  • Axiom 1: Global scope - It doesn't matter to whom or where you specify that URI, it will have the same meaning.
  • Axiom 2a: sameness - a URI will repeatably refer to "the same" thing.
  • Axiom 2b: identity - of URIs clears up the vagueness of 2a and is that - the significance of identity for a given URI is determined by the person who owns the URI, who first determined what it points to.
  • Axiom 3: nonunique - URI space does not have to be the only universal space.

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