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J2EE™ Web Services by Richard Monson-Haefel

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Chapter 1. An Overview of J2EE 1.4 Web Services

In a nutshell, J2EE Web Services is about interoperability. That goal is perhaps the most important thing to remember while reading this book. Not just interoperability between different brands of J2EE application servers, but between J2EE servers and any other Web services platform, including the .NET Framework, Perl, Apache Axis, Python, and C++, to name a few. Web service technologies provide J2EE with an opportunity to become truly interoperable with any other system. That's because Web service technologies are platform-agnostic; in other words, the medium used to communicate is not specific to any combination of programming language, operating system, and hardware.

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