ASP.NET as a Service Framework
In the years since the first release of the .NET Framework, Microsoft has provided a variety of approaches for building service-oriented applications. Starting back in 2002 with the original release of .NET, a developer could fairly easily create an ASP.NET ASMX-based XML web service that allowed other .NET and non-.NET clients to call it. Those web services implemented various versions of SOAP, but they were available for use only over HTTP.
In addition to support for web services, the 1.0 release of .NET provided support for Remoting. This allowed developers to write services that weren’t necessarily ...