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

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1.9. When Not to Use Web Services

This introduction would be incomplete without explaining the situations where you should not use Web services. It is clear that Web services offer the most benefit in cases where interoperability and/or remoting over the Web are desired. That said, there are many scenarios where you do not benefit from using Web services.

1.9.1. Single Machine Applications

There are still many desktop applications for business and personal use. Some of those applications might need to communicate with others running on the same machine. In this case, it is almost always better to use a native API rather than a Web service. Software component technologies such as COM and .NET components are very effective in this scenario because ...

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