Web services may be a replacement to
components, then again, maybe not. Web Services are very similar to
components, you create functions and classes and other stuff in VB/C#/Any .NET
language and then you just make the things that you want available to the web.
MSDN's .NET show has a show where they create a web service and make it
available to people, its very good if you are new to .NET available at -
I actually learnt a lot from just watching this episode.
A web service basically gets information and
then churns out something (not always) in XML, this data could be a dataset or
a string manipulation event may occur. Components however are a bit different
as they are a whole application in one, web services I don't see as being an
application as much an information provider. Components however are being
taken over by these new web services, although I don't like it, it may be wise
to think about how to do your old stuff in the new web service way. I plan to
do an article on web services, but its quite hard to explain.