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.NET Patterns: Architecture, Design, and Process by Christian Thilmany

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.NET and XML Web Services

.NET is designed from the ground up to work with XML Web services, along with all the other Internet standards and protocols. XML Web services in .NET and Visual Studio .NET are not a design afterthought like they are in some languages and tools. It typically takes about 4 to 5 times more code to add XML Web services capabilities to a .NET application compared to one written in Java using tools such as JBuilder. XML is also baked into the CLR. Now streaming, parsing, and passing XML has never been easier and makes the CLR a powerful proposition, even without mentioning anything else. Using XML, you can now build standard services that can be invoked from anywhere on the Internet. As far as providing Web services in general, ...

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