Chapter 1. Introduction to Web Services

Although the term “Web services” has been one of the latest buzzwords floating around, many people have difficulty defining exactly what Web services are. One of the reasons for the difficulty is that Web services are very new and some of the standards used to implement them are still being defined.

What Are Web Services?

Speaking very generally, a Web service is a set of operations that can be invoked remotely over the Web. When you dive deeper into Web services, you find that they aren’t much different from other remote services. For example, ...

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