Ken Heiman

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The next technology evolution - or revolution, depending on how you look at it - is here. Battle lines are being drawn between supporters of Microsoft's .NET and Sun's J2EE platforms for creating Web services. The common ground in this battle: the market will head toward Web services. Web services provides a standard method through which components can communicate and interact. Similarly to how ODBC/JDBC, COM, CORBA, etc., allow interapplication communication, Web services also allow applications to communicate and interact with each other. The difference between Web services and the previous specifications is that there is a set standard to which all platforms adhere. Communications via the SOAP (Simple Object Application Protocol) and XML standards allow applications to consume Web services regardless of their own development platform. Component interaction is no ... (more)