Chapter 12. Enhancing the Performance of Web Services

In the last chapter, we covered one of the biggest challenges in implementing web services. This chapter describes the other big challenge: performance of web services. Concerns about poor performance of web services is one big factor why companies shy away from implementing web services, especially in the B2B arena. For B2B transactions, especially the ones that enable websites for retail consumers, performance is very important. Many factors influence the performance of web services, and this chapter covers some of them, including how to track performance bottlenecks and how to improve performance in all the building blocks of web services.

First, you will examine the inherent factors—HTTP, ...

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