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Web Services: A Manager's Guide by Anne Thomas Manes

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Chapter 4. Standardizing Web Services Technologies

Although you can build Web services with other technologies, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI have become the de facto standards for Web services. For the remainder of this book I will focus on these technologies and their derivatives. SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI are the most widely accepted Web services technologies, and products supporting these technologies are available from dozens of vendors. Surprisingly, though, the SOAP-related technologies were not developed by an accredited standards organization. For the most part, these technologies were developed by IBM and Microsoft.

Considering how much has been accomplished based on these de facto standards, you might wonder whether it really matters if these specifications ...

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