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[DotGNU]Definition of "webservice"

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: [DotGNU]Definition of "webservice"
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 18:22:48 +0100

Rikard Linde <address@hidden> wrote:

> > with user/password signin.  I see no mention of any
> > XML, or RPC (or SOAP or anything similar) access to
> > them.  You discussion implies interaction of their
> > content.
> Hmm. That's interesting. I perceive web services as
> any service that's offered on the web regardless of
> technology. MS touting loudly about this is of course
> just a marketing trick but maybe people perceive web
> services as something more specific?

  I think that your definition of "web services" is totally
correct.  It can perhaps be made a bit more precise by adding

1. With "service" we mean not only that some functionality is
   provided, but that there should also be some description of
   this functionality, namely how the service should be used and
   what it provides.

2. With saying that the service is "offered on the web" we mean
   that it's offered on the internet via standard protocols,
   i.e. protocols that are open, widely published, and freely
   available for anyone to implement.

But I like your simple definition very much.

What does everyone think?

Greetings, Norbert.

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