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What Does WS Transaction Mean?

WS Transaction (WSTx) is a specification developed by BEA, IBM and Microsoft that indicates how transactions will be handled and controlled in Web Services. The transaction specification is divided into two parts – short atomic transactions (AT) and long business activity (BA). Based on the requirement of the application being developed, the developer implements the protocols of one of the above approaches.

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Also known as Web Services Transactions

Techopedia Explains WS Transaction

Web services belong to different organizations and hence take longer time to collaborate and achieve a task. An RDBMS-based transaction just needs a few seconds/minutes to execute, whereas Web services-based transactions may even run for days together. Even if one Web service fails, the entire transaction fails. These types of transactions cannot use a central authority since they use the Internet to communicate, which is impossible to manage.

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