12. SQL Server As a Platform for Web Services
WEB SERVICES ARE directly integrated into SQL Server 2005. Web Services do not require a library to be distributed to clients and are widely supported across all languages and platforms commonly in use today. Prior to SQL Server 2005, the only way to communicate with SQL Server was with Microsoft-supplied libraries that had to be distributed to clients.
Mixing Databases and Web Services
SQL Server 2005 adds another protocol that clients can use to communicate directly with SQL Server: SOAP over HTTP, which is Web Services.
Prior to SQL Server 2005, a proprietary protocol, TDS (Tabular Data Stream), was used by clients to communicate directly with SQL Server. TDS is a proprietary and undocumented protocol, ...