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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 1. An Overview of SOAP

In this chapter

What Is SOAP?

How SOAP Differs from DCOM and CORBA

SOAP, HTTP, and XML

Problems Solved by Using SOAP

Performance Issues

SOAP and the Web Server

Why Make the Move to SOAP?

Case Study

At one time in the history of the PC, computing consisted of a single computer using simple applications that relied only on local resources. Eventually, networking changed the way people shared expensive peripherals and data, but the data was still, to an extent, stored locally. As companies grew and became more dependent on the PC, the concept of the Local Area Network (LAN) gave way to the Metro Area Network (MAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN). The client/server architecture of days gone by allowed a limited form of ...

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