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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers by Yasser Shohoud

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1.10. Summary

Web services are a new, standard platform for building interoperable distributed applications. The main thrust behind Web services is cross-platform interoperability. To achieve this, the Web services platform relies heavily on vendor and platform-neutral standards such as XML and XSD.

Web services offer tremendous value in scenarios that involve applications communicating across platform boundaries and over the Internet. Web service applications include application integration, business-to-business integration, code and data reuse, and the facilitation of communication between client and server over the Web.

Web services however, are no silver bullet and you shouldn't use them just because you can. There are certain scenarios where ...

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