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WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities by Mike Liu

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Web services

There are many approaches to realizing SOA, but the most popular and practical one is—using web services.

What is a web service?

A web service is a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. A web service is typically hosted on a remote machine (provider) and called by a client application (consumer) over a network. After the provider of a web service publishes the service, the client can discover it and invoke it. The communications between a web service and a client application use XML messages. A web service is hosted within a web server and HTTP is used as the transport protocol between the server and the client applications. The following diagram shows the interaction of web ...

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