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WOA, or "web-oriented architecture," has proven itself as a viable approach to building large-scale, worldwide web services. This article introduces the principles behind WOA, how it is applied, and why it should be used even inside the enterprise. What Is WOA and Why Should I Care? Before diving into the meat of this article, let's quickly review where WOA came from and why it has gained traction among many new technology companies. WOA has been defined by Gartner as SOA + WWW + REST. In other words, it's a soup of mostly unpronounceable acronyms. SOA should be familiar to most readers. It was introduced in 2003 and has been widely associated with SOAP and the WS-* stack, although it's not directly related. SOA, or service-oriented architecture, is an approach to software design that aims to decompose a problem into modular, distributable, sharable, and loosely coup... (more)