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Alternative Format

Alternative Format is the name of a candidate design pattern authored by Raj Balasubramanian, Jim Webber, Thomas Erl ,David Booth and Chris Riley and published for review in the Candidate Patterns section at SOA Patterns

The requirements statement for Alternative Format is:

How can services exchange data based on less common or non-standard formats?

This is a REST-inspired pattern that is still under development. It will be further formalized and finalized as part of the "SOA with REST" book that is currently in progress. (See for more information.)

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