The Impact of Web Service Technologies

This section takes a close look at the core technologies involved in the basic Web services platform and why they are important to businesses. It also considers the effects these technologies will have on the way businesses operate or assess Web services as a strategic platform.

XML (extensible Markup Language)

XML is at the root of Web services for some key reasons. First, it provides a common syntactical way of expressing structured data in the form of human-readable documents. Second, the structure that it provides is easily navigated by third party applications, which is to say, applications that did not generate the XML. This separation is key to the success of XML as an application-neutral data exchange. ...

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