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Secure Programming with Static Analysis by Jacob West, Brian Chess

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10. XML and Web Services

We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.

–BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Extensible Markup Language (XML), Web Services, and Service Oriented Architectures are the latest craze in the software development world. Sometimes the latest craze sticks around for a while; previous waves have brought us optimizing compilers, object-oriented programming, and the graphical user interface. Not every wave makes it, of course. These days we don’t talk much about bubble memory or the gopher protocol.

XML defines a simple and flexible syntax. It is, at least in theory, human readable and therefore easier to debug than a binary format. Web Services define a standard means by which XML can be used for communication ...

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