A Web service is a set of functionalities that are packaged as a single entity and published to the Web for use by other applications. Web services are building blocks for creating open distributed systems, and allow companies and individuals to quickly and cheaply make their digital assets available worldwide. One early example is Microsoft Passport, a convenient authentication service hosted by Microsoft. Here are some other examples:
Includes multiple Web services tools: graphical WSDL editor and validator, SOAP client and debugger, graphical Web services builder with code generation as well as Web services mapping to/from databases, XML, EDI, and text files.
Developer of ObjectView, a graphical programming environment for integrating Web services.
Resources portal offering news, market information, books and reports.
The Web Services special topic area is a resource for developers building Web applications for e-business, e-commerce, and the enterprise. By IBM.
Provides web services management solutions, including tools to manage and monitor complex, loosely coupled system architectures.
Resources to support the development of Web services in Java, including published results on performance and usability. Company provides Web services consulting and software development services.
W3C's overview of news, groups, documents and specifications, events and recommended reading.
Web Services XML.com subsite. Development resources and solutions, features timely news, opinions, and tutorials, interactive forums, and newsletters.
Provides programmable business logic components that serve as "black boxes" to provide access to functionality via web services.
Enables access to Web Services and .NET applications from mobile devices.
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