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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Chapter 17. Interoperability

Microsoft .NET is a powerful platform, and there are many advantages in writing a new application within the .NET Framework. However, a typical application is not a world unto itself, but is built from legacy components as well as new components, and so issues of interoperability are very important. We discussed one kind of interoperability in Chapter 15 in connection with Web services. Using the SOAP protocol, it is possible for .NET applications to call Web services on other platforms, including Unix and mainframes. It is also possible for applications on diverse platforms, including mobile ones, to call .NET Web services running on Microsoft Windows.

In this chapter we will look at another kind of interoperability, ...

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