Types and Uses of Web Services?

     By using Web services, your application can publish its function or message to the rest of the world. Web services use XML to code and to decode data, and SOAP to transport it (using open protocols). Using Web services, your accounting department's Windows 2000 server's billing system can connect with your IT supplier's UNIX server. This shows cross platform accessibility of data easily. Web services do not require the use of browsers or HTML. Web services are sometimes called application services.

There are basically two types of Web Services

     Reusable application-components.

     There are applications needed very often. So why make these over and over again?

   Web services can offer application-components like: currency conversion, weather reports, or even language translation as services.

     Connect existing software.

     Web services can help to solve the interoperability problem by giving different applications a way to link their data.

Web Services

     The term Web services describes a standardized way of integrating Web-based applications using the XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI open standards over an Internet protocol backbone. XML is used to tag the data, SOAP is used to transfer the data, WSDL is used for describing the services available and UDDI is used for listing what services are available. Used primarily as a means for businesses to communicate with each other and with clients, Web services allow organizations to communicate data without intimate knowledge of each other's IT systems behind the firewall.

     Unlike traditional client/server models, such as a Web server/Web page system, Web services do not provide the user with a GUI. Web services instead share business logic, data and processes through a programmatic interface across a network. The applications interface, not the users. Developers can then add the Web service to a GUI (such as a Web page or an executable program) to offer specific functionality to users.