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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Service Fundamentals

A service defines a contract between a calling client and the service itself. In English, this contract states something like this: “If you send me data in this format, I will process it and return you the results in this other format.” The format of this data and the communication parameters of these calls are based on open standards (such as HTTP, XML, JSON, SOAP, and WSDL). These service standards apply across technology boundaries and therefore make services attractive for exchanging data between heterogeneous environments.

To frame the benefits of services, it can be helpful to think of them within the context of the problems they were designed to solve. For example, many large companies have multiple applications that ...

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