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Foundation XML and E4X for Flash and Flex by Sas Jacobs

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Chapter 10. CONSUMING WEB SERVICES WITH FLEX

A web service is a remote procedure that provides results in XML format. It's a bit like running a public function on someone else's computer. The user can call the procedure without needing to know anything about the way the remote system works or the way it stores the information. When users access data from a web service, they are said to consume the web service.

A web service allows an organization to make its data publicly available without providing a user with direct access to its systems. Using a web service provides a layer of abstraction between a user and corporate systems.

You might use a web service in an application to look up a currency exchange rate, to access local weather information, ...

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