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This article continues from the Web Services Journal article "Building Blocks - An overview of Web services technology" (WSJ, Vol. 2, issue 7). In Part I, I provided a functional classification of Web services technologies and examined technologies in the areas of service description, communication protocols, complex payloads, on-site inspection, and general discovery. In this installment, we examine technologies that address enterprise strength issues, such as transactions, security, and routing, and technologies that enable B2B collaboration. Transactions There are two kinds of transactions in the Web services space: background transactions and foreground transactions. Background Transactions Web services are typically front-end applications that deal with some back-end systems for persistent data storage and manipulation. Though a particular Web service may not s... (more)

Building Blocks

In the past two years, we have witnessed an explosion of Web services and XML communication technologies. While WSDL , SOAP, and UDDI have become the accepted bases of Web services, there are even more standards in the making. This article is the first of a two-part series that examines the Web services technological space in order to provide an overview of some of the major Web services standards now in progress in various organizations and consortiums across the country. General Classifications of Web Services Web services technology can be broadly classified into three main grou... (more)