RGR - Really Good Reliability
By malks on Pri 21, 2005
Discussions on reliable messaging wander off in many directions, and
typically include both a technological and political component.
As is typical in the Web Services standards space, it's been less than
clear how things will shake out...
When discussing reliable messaging, in order to raise the discussion above the implementation details and standards battles, I often use the term "Really Good Reliability" or "RGR", with a nod to the cleverly-named and commonly used "PGP", or "Pretty Good Privacy". A discussion of RGR focuses on the architectural and design issues around reliability, versus the specifics of one spec or another, though these obviously provide context for the conversation.
Speaking of specifications, it's great to see that WS-Reliable Messaging (WS-RM) is moving to OASIS for standardization. I've written and presented in the past about some of the work I've done leading projects using ebXML, and while it can be a bit frustrating to see how long open standards take to coalesce (and \*why\* they happen the way they do), I'm pleased to see movement and cross-industry support in this area.
Question now is...who are those pigs and what do they want from eachother ;-)