Chapter 15. Web Services

“Small service is true service while it lasts. Of humblest friends, bright Creature! scorn not one . . .”—William Wordsworth, “To a Child. Written in her Album,” 1834

The typical Web service is indeed a small but true service and it plays an important part in the networked and cooperating Web application architecture of the present day. And far from being scorned, Web services are one of the hottest—or certainly the most hyped—new technologies within the software application world. But what exactly are Web services?

This chapter introduces the technologies behind Web services as well as explains the role that Web services play in the present day application development environment. The chapter then moves on to demonstrate ...

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