Web Services

As you learned in Hour 17, “HTTP, HTML, and the World Wide Web,” the World Wide Web has given rise to a bundle of new technologies. The focus of this development is on building an Web-based infrastructure for custom applications. The programmer creates the application using components and tools associated with the platform, then employs HTTP and XML to deliver the data across the network. In recent years, this technology has outgrown the original vision of the Web as a manifestation of the global Internet. This so-called Web services architecture is regarded now as an approach to building any sort of network application, whether or not that application is actually connected to the Internet. Large and powerful vendors such as Sun, ...

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