WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF WEB SERVICES! Web services is an evolving collection of standards, specifications, and implementation technologies that are showing great value in the world of application integration and distributed computing. Web services continue to evolve to address more sophisticated computing scenarios, and the authors of this book are excited to bring you into what is widely believed to be the next generation of distributed computing.

Before we get going, we need to clarify some things about the purpose and structure of the book. Let’s talk about them now.

Goals of This Book

The overall goal of this book is to familiarize you with the concept of Web services and what it will take to incorporate Web services as part ...

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