Chapter 1. Introduction to XML Web Services

In this chapter, we provide the information you need to understand the basic principles behind XML Web services. We begin with a discussion of what constitutes an XML Web service and describe the benefits of this exciting new technology. We then take you on a tour of the protocols and standards that make XML Web services work.

What Are XML Web Services?

XML Web services are a category of software components that provide functionality over a network. This broad definition of XML Web services can be qualified with the following characteristics that are normally present:

  • Interaction with XML Web services is usually performed using standard Internet protocols. These include well-established Internet standards ...

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