[thelist] Web services - what's the difference?

jv jveillo at bellsouth.net
Fri Dec 13 10:40:01 CST 2002

'Web services' have been around for a while but the difference now is that
it is infused with a more common language -XML. To use web services, to make
remote procedure calls without XML we need to be versed in whichever
language the remote application uses.

Of course there is CORBA and other similar architectures for creating web
services but I think XML is more appealing because it has more flexibility
in its use.

jveillo at bellsouth.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter-Paul Koch" <gassinaumasis at hotmail.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 10:07 AM
Subject: [thelist] Web services - what's the difference?

> Hi,
> I'm having some trouble understanding the concept of web services.
> As far as I understand, web services are server side application that Take
> Care Of Something, like credit card processing, online payments or
> through a huge database. You create a web service and it works.
> Very nice to have, of course, but where is this different from the old way
> of processing credit cards, paying online and searching through huge
> databases? We created some server side programs in the language of our
> choice and it worked.
> So currently I'm thinking that the term 'web services' is one more in the
> long string of meaningless market-isms that engulfs the Web. The idea
> web services is solid, of course, but there isn't much difference with the
> old situation.
> Or am I wrong?
> Thanks for any feedback,
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