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Web Services Overview (Part Two): SOAP Development

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In the conclusion of his introduction to web services, Bryan Morgan explores SOAP APIs, focusing on Apache SOAP and the Microsoft SOAP Toolkit.
Bryan Morgan is a veteran software developer and writer. As the founder of the Wireless Developer Network (http://www.wirelessdevnet.com/) and a writer for WirelessWeek.com and Wireless Internet magazine, he has reported on wireless technologies since 1999.
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In Part 1 of my web services overview, I described a variety of RPC mechanisms that can be used to build powerful distributed applications. These mechanisms include "traditional" technologies such as CORBA and DCOM as well as newer XML/HTTP–based technologies such as XML-RPC and SOAP. Part 2 of this feature delves into SOAP a bit deeper, introducing APIs for Java and Visual Basic developers that can be used to develop web services today. Finally, I'll conclude by discussing how your web service can be "published" for other developers (and applications) to determine what interfaces your service provides.

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