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Web Services: A Manager's Guide by Anne Thomas Manes

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Glossary

abstract interface

A description of the functionality supported by a service, but not the protocols used to access the service. An abstract interface corresponds to a service type. In a Web service, the abstract interface defines the operations the service supports and the formats of the messages that must be exchanged. A WSDL portType defines the abstract interface.

API

See application programming interface.

application adapter

A program that provides an interface to a legacy application. It maps an open API to a proprietary API.

application programming interface

A programming mechanism that allows an application or system function to expose its capabilities to other applications. An API supports application-to-application communication.

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