Chapter 1. Understanding Web Services

If you ask someone if they are familiar with Web services, they usually pause before answering. They know what the Web is and they certainly know what services are, but they are not sure whether you are asking a generic question or asking about a specific technology. Apart from the generic-sounding name, Web services represent a new architecture for creating applications that can be accessed from a different computer. The purpose of this hour is to improve your understanding of the topic at an executive summary level.

In this hour, you will learn

  • The definition of Web services

  • The promise of Web services

  • The key specifications that comprise Web services

  • The tools that are commonly used to create Web services

  • The ...

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