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Given the lack of support for transactionality in the Web services's current specification, do I hav

Given the lack of support for transactionality in the current Web services specification, does it mean I have to implement it myself? What happens when one transactions spans multiple platforms i.e AS/400, Unix and MS? Each group has to build the 2PC mechanism?

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This depends on the SOAP implementation you use. Some implementations support transactions. Other don't. Since the specs don't support transactions, interoperability generally doesn't work. There's a new spec in development at OASIS called Business Transaction Protocol (BTP) which will address cross-platform transactions.

Editor's note: See expert David Linthicum's answer to this question here.

This was first published in April 2002

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