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Application Architecture for .NET: Designing Applications and Services by Microsoft Corporation

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Services and Service Integration

As the Internet and its related technologies grow, and organizations seek to integrate their systems across departmental and organizational boundaries, a services-based approach to building solutions has evolved. From the consumer’s perspective, services are conceptually similar to traditional components, except that services encapsulate their own data and are not strictly speaking part of your application; rather they are used by your application. Applications and services that need to be integrated may be built on different platforms, by different teams, on different schedules, and may be maintained and updated independently. Therefore, it is critical that you implement communication between them with the least ...

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