Web Services

  • Ian J. Taylor
  • Andrew B. Harrison
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


Up until recently, data has been exported on the World Wide Web for human consumption in the form of Web pages. Most people therefore use the Web to read news/articles, to buy goods and services, to manage on-line accounts and so on. For this purpose, we use a Web browser and access information mostly through this medium.

From a publishing perspective, this involves converting the raw information, from a database, for example, into HTML or similar language so that it can be rendered in the correct form. Further, many Web sites collate information from other sites via Web pages, which is a bizarre occurrence involving decoding and parsing human-readable information not intended for machines at all (see Fig. 7.1).


Service Requester Soap Message Java Interface WSDL Document Software Asset 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian J. Taylor
    • 1
  • Andrew B. Harrison
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceCardiff UniversityUK

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