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A member of a SOA network, whether service provider, service consumer, or intermediary.

payload format

The on-the-wire structure of messages over a given transport.

In Web services, the payload format is specified using a WSDL binding element.

persistent identifier (PID)

A registration property used by the OSGi Configuration Admin Service to identify a group of configuration attributes.

physical contract

The concrete portion of a WSDL contract that defines the bindings and transport details used by the services defined by that contract. The physical contract answers questions such as:

WSDL elements used in the physical contract include: binding element, service element, operation element, and port element.

point-to-point messaging

A messaging style where messages are sent between two known endpoints. This messaging style is typically implemented using queues.


The physical mechanism used to access a service.

In Web services, ports are created based on the information specified in a WSDL port element.


A Java object that performs work on a message as it passes along a route. Processors typical performs tasks like modifying the contents of a message or determining its path through a route.


An application that creates messages and posts them to a messaging destination.


A set of data that defines runtime artifacts and configuration settings for provisioning a Fabric Container.

publish and subscribe messaging (pub/sub)

A messaging style where message producers send(publish) messages to a destination and interested consumers can register(subscribe) to receive messages from the destination. This style of messaging is implemented using topics.

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