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Special Edition Using XML, Second Edition by - et al. David Gulbransen

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Web Services—Introduction

As Internet technology and development tools mature so that products for the Internet are easily built, companies must either partner or perish in today's global economy. This concept has been often referred to as “collaborative enterprise.” One technology that will help make integration much less difficult is Web Services. This technology is still maturing and evolving, with some companies stating that Web Services will “make integration as easy as plugging an appliance into the electrical grid.”1 Companies that do not support these new industry standards will be isolated from Web Services and will not be fully interoperable.

Here we define a service as a value-added task provided by a person or company so that you ...

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