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Delphi for .NET Developer’s Guide by Xavier Pacheco

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Distributed Development through Web Services

The idea behind Web Services is not new. Ever since we have been dealing with distributed computing, it has been beneficial to break up the functional components of systems. This allows for better distribution of work loads, scalability, security, and so on.

Many models of distributed development are still based on tightly coupled and closed functional systems. Integration of systems is still dreadfully painful, yet the need is significant. An example would be integrating large-scale accounting systems with a process manufacturing system.

Through Web Services, functional components (which I will call Services from here on), are exposed to various consumers. A consumer, for instance, might be a Web ...

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