Simply stated, the web service accepts text in the ASCII
format and converts it to Base64 format. For example, it takes the connection
string for a database connection shown in Figure 1 and converts it into a
machine readable Base64 format shown in Figure 2. While Figure 1 is easy to
read, Figure 2 is not.
Details of how this web service is created have been
described in an earlier
tutorial while only a few screen shots of its description are shown here. The
web service is created using the Visual Studio 2005 IDE along the lines fully
documented in the above article.