Chapter 46. Web Services

This chapter is about managing web-based services. Over the years applications have shifted from being installable software to web-based services that people access. Running a web server is more than just installing Apache or IIS and providing content.

The web is based on open standards, which are developed by an international committee, not a single corporation. You can use them without paying royalty or licensing fees. Web standards are defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and the underlying Internet protocols are defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The benefit of web-based applications is that one browser can access many web applications. The web browser is a universal client.

Web applications ...

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