Chapter 21: SOAP and Web Services

Chapter 21
SOAP and Web Services
  • Understanding SOAP
  • Understanding Web Services
  • Creating a Web Service
  • Identifying Web Services Using Discovery
  • Browsing a Web Service
  • Consuming a Web Service
  • Deploying Web Services
  • Securing Web Services

In the .NET world, components are built by people with expertise in a given area and are placed close to the data that the components will work on. Other applications seeking access to that functionality or data can simply call the services of the needed components. This is the base concept of Web services: functionality is developed and hosted by experts and made available to those who need it.

In the world of the Internet, however, Web services have no way of knowing how a calling application is written, in what language it’s written, or on what operating system it’s running. Instead, these services must be available to any application that calls them. To ensure that the services are interoperable with any calling applications, Web services in the Microsoft .NET Framework make use of XML and the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

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