Working with Web Services in .NET
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Published: 15 Jan 2007
A web service is a platform–independent software component that contains a group of functions that are packaged together for use in a common framework throughout a network. Web services are based on the Simple Object Access Protocol or SOAP. This article discusses Web Services and their implementation in .NET
by Joydip Kanjilal
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What Are Web Services?

According to MSDN, "Web Services are based on a core set of standards that describe the syntax and semantics of software communication: XML provides the common syntax for representing data; the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) provides the semantics for data exchange; and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) provides a mechanism to describe the capabilities of a Web service." Web services are based on the SOAP protocol for exchange of data in heterogeneous environments.

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