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Service-orientation is a design paradigm intended for the creation of solution logic units that are individually shaped so that they can be collectively and repeatedly utilized in support of the realization of a specific set of strategic goals and benefits associated with SOA and service-oriented computing.

Solution logic designed in accordance with service-orientation can be qualified with "service-oriented," and units of service-oriented solution logic are referred to as services. As a design paradigm for distributed computing, service-orientation can be compared to object-orientation (or object-oriented design). Service-orientation, in fact, has many roots in object-orientation and has also been influenced by other industry developments, including EAI, BPM, and Web services.

The service-orientation design paradigm is primarily comprised of the following eight design principles:

  • Standardized Service Contract
  • Service Loose Coupling
  • Service Abstraction
  • Service Reusability
  • Service Autonomy
  • Service Statelessness
  • Service Discoverability
  • Service Composability

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