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Java™ Web Services Unleashed by Mark Wutka, Joseph Weber, Arthur Ryman, K. Scott Morrison, Benoît Marchal, Matthias Kloppmann, Steven Haines, Darren Govoni, Francisco Curbera, Frank Cohen, Robert Brunner

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At the Reseller Site

Let's now turn to the reseller. Remember that the reseller also has an inventory management system to manage its own stock. By default, the reseller looks into its warehouse and consults with the wholesaler only if items are missing.

It is essential to understand that Web services have less value if they are not integrated in local applications. Although initially it might be appropriate to provide a simple client that enables quick access to a Web service, in the middle to long term, Web services are attractive only when they are integrated.

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We choose to build a Web service specifically to offer integration with local applications. Indeed, if it was not for the integration with local applications, a regular Web site ...

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