Friday, December 30, 2005

REASC

Jean-Jacques Dubray (now with SAP) has posted an interesting SOA pattern on his blog. REASC: a pattern for constructing Composite Applications.

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This pattern seems to assume a fairly simple event algebra - each event refers to a state-change of a single resource. This appears to restrict the pattern to atomic events.

How can the pattern be extended to support compound events? For example, in building an SOA to support the real-time business, I may want to create BI services that generate compound events. For example, an event may be triggered when the frequency of some transaction exceeds some threshold, or when some new pattern is detected in the data. These compound events might possibly be composed from atomic events, but this may not be the best way to specify them. In any case, I do not want to be forced to define compound (aggregate) resources that correspond to these compound events.

It is possible that JJ intends this kind of event algebra to be contained within the Coordinator. But I should prefer to elaborate the event itself to allow for event composition. This would also allow for amplification and attenuation (as found in Stafford Beer).

I am also interested in exploring the use of the REASC pattern for the service-based business, where resource perhaps equates to business asset. How might we interpret the Coordinator function in service-based B2B collaborations?

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