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Capability vs Service: What's the difference? Does it matter?

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kohsuke
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from http://servicefab.blogspot.com/2006/05/capability-vs-service-whats-diffe...
So what exactly is a Service? If we are seeking a common definition of what SOA is (and much is made of the lack of this on the web), then we could at least start by defining the 'S' (in SOA).

There is some emerging consensus in some SOA communities that 'services are a way to gain access to, or make use, of a capability'.