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Model-Based Simulation of SOAP Web Services from Temporal Logic Specifications

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1 Author(s)
Hallé, S. ; Dept. d'Inf. et de Math., Univ. du Quebec a Chicoutimi, QC, Canada

This paper presents a methodology for generating a web service "stub" that simulates the behaviour of a real-world SOAP web service. The simulation is driven by a formal description of the original service's input and output parameters, messages, and ordering constraints between messages, using an extension of Linear Temporal Logic called LTL-FO+. This logic is rich enough to express complex behaviours taken from real-world web services, where the structure of future messages and valid parameter values are interdependent. Given a history of previous interactions, a sound, symbolic algorithm is described that generates on-the-fly a new message that is a valid continuation of that history with respect to the LTL-FO+ specification. By providing a faithful placeholder for an actual third-party web service, this algorithm can be used as a development and testing tool. Empirical evaluation shows how such an approach outperforms a previous attempt that relied on a model checker to produce each new message.

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Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS), 2011 16th IEEE International Conference on

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27-29 April 2011