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Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Unleashed by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Chapter 19. Service-Oriented Applications

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Services have transformed the way we think of the Web and how we leverage it to build software. Prior to services, the Web was mostly a means to deliver cross-platform user interfaces with low deployment costs. Of course, that was a huge deal (and remains so) for both Internet and intranet applications. Services have shown a similar potential to change the way we build our applications both for the Web and across networks.

At their core, services represent an interface (or set of methods) that provide black-box-like access to shared functionality using common formats and protocols. By this definition, a service should ...

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