Chapter 19. Web services introduction Introductory Discussion

  • Communication protocols

  • Service discovery

  • REST

  • XML Signature

If you are involved with information technology – and haven’t spent the last five years installing Wi-Fi access points on Mars – you’ve heard of Web services.

In fact, you may have heard of it in breathless terms as a “revolution”. The last time there was so much revolutionary talk in the air, there was also tea in Boston harbor.

You can understand the hype if you look back at recent history. Before the Web, it was very difficult to distribute information so that anybody could access it using any computer system. The Web standards made computer-to-human communication easy and automatic. XML has begun to make computer-to-computer ...

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