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Securing Web Services with WS-Security by David L. Remy, Jothy Rosenberg

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Chapter 2. The Foundations of Web Services

This chapter presents the foundations of Web services. Before you can delve into the security of Web services, you need to make sure you have a solid understanding of how Web services work and, most importantly, what issues make Web services both critically dependent on good security and also so challenging for good security practices.

The Gestalt of Web Services

ge·stalt or Ge·stalt (g-shtE4lt ) n. a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts.[1]

We say gestalt of Web services because we are going to show that, although most presentations of Web services describe the piece-part standards and technologies that taken together equal Web ...

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