Chapter 1. Introducing Web Services

Like the effect of rail transportation on national economic systems, Web services are fundamentally changing the rules of Web commerce. They connect programs to each other across distant points on the global map, transporting large amounts of data more efficiently and cheaply than ever before. The result is faster, better, and more productive communication for businesses and consumers alike.

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Web services are changing everything

The Web started out supporting human interactions with textual data and graphics. People use the Internet daily to look up stock quotes, buy consumer goods, and read the latest news. This level of interaction is fine for many purposes. But the essentially text-based Web does not support ...

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