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Re: [DotGNU]Re: Definition of "webservice"

From: John
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: Definition of "webservice"
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 01:42:22 -0600

How about a programmer's view. What is an active data website? It's code
(CGI, ASP, PHP or what have you) fused with data (static pages,
databases and so on). Treat the entire site as an object. You send in
data, with a method call, and get data back - unless an exception is

Now, pretend for a moment that you're not communicating in HTML at all,
but in XML? Requests are sent in XML (SOAP), with a method call in
formed as a URI, and returned as XML. Suppose that you can interrogate
the site to find out what services it offers as what method calls
(WSDL)? Then the website is not an object anymore, it's a component!

He who controls the API for the components, controls the Web.

John Le'Brecage

Bill Lance wrote:
> --- Norbert Bollow <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > Which of these are "Web Services" for the purpose
> > of
> > > this lists discussion?
> >
> > I'd call all of them "Web Services".  In the end a
> > map will be
> > displayed to a human user.  Whether this map is
> > displayed in a
> > "web browser" or in a more spacialised client-side
> > program is
> > IMHO not a difference that should determine whether
> > something
> > is called a "web service" or not.
> >
> > Greetings, Norbert.
> >
> >
> Then how would you characterize the aspects of "web
> sevices", in it's broadest meaning, that dotgnu is
> focusing on?
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