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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Conclusion

Web services are often presented as the perfect tool for today’s programmers. Web services are interoperable, are based on open standards such as SOAP and WSDL, and, more importantly, are fully integrated with the .NET platform. This apparent point of strength in Web services—the perfect and seamless integration with the rest of the .NET Framework—on closer examination turns out to be, if not a weakness, a reliable indicator of where Web services are limited. Aspects such as security, interoperability, and code optimization are undermining the stability of the technology. Don’t be fooled by the hype that vendors are attaching to the blanket term Web service. A lot of work has been done, but a lot still remains.

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