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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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The .NET Framework Infrastructure for Web Services

Although Web services and the .NET Framework were introduced at roughly the same time, there is no strict dependency between the two, and the presence of one does not necessarily imply the presence of the other. The .NET Framework is simply one of the platforms that support Web services and that provide effective tools and system classes to create and consume Web services. No one person invented Web services, but all the big players in the IT arena are rapidly adopting and transforming the raw idea of “software callable by other software” into something that fits their respective development platforms.

Regardless of how a Web service is created—and whether it is vendor-specific or platform-specific—the ...

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