Using Web Services for Interoperability

Even though the .NET platform provides a bidirectional interoperability mechanism— invoking .NET components in COM and invoking COM components in .NET—Web services provide an alternative way of integrating two technologies. Whereas platform-level interoperability mechanisms typically are sufficient and efficient, Web services always provide a standards-based approach for interoperability. The idea is that COM objects can be exposed as Web services using the Microsoft SOAP Toolkit available from Next, these Web services can be referenced with applications and services developed using .NET. Similarly, the SOAP Toolkit provides a mechanism for COM-based applications to ...

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