13. Web Services Interoperability

ONE OF THE GREATEST PROMISES OF WEB SERVICE technology is interoperability between services that are running on different platforms and implemented using different programming languages. It’s been said that the Web service standards are the lingua franca for the interactions between a service requestor and service provider. But the promise of interoperability between any two platforms that support Web service standards hasn’t happened as quickly as most people had hoped.

The promise of Web services lies in the ability to exchange data and functionality among partners using standards-based messaging and arbitrary technological infrastructures. This not only buys you the ability to talk to many partners, it also ...

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