Kaj Van de Loo

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Web services have been touted as a really "big thing" in the software industry the last couple of years, and that is for good reason: they promise technical interoperability between platforms from different vendors, an hitherto unheard-of thing in an industry plagued by proprietary non-compatible solutions. IBut does anybody really care about platform interoperability? Isn't it something else we are after? In this article, we'll explain what Web services are and what they are not, and take a look at what we need beyond Web services to get to where we want to be. The first time I heard of Web services I was excited. Imagine being able to link your application to any other application out there. You could build really nice, lightweight "apps-on-apps" - i.e., applications that do exactly what they are supposed to do and reuse data and functionality from existing appl... (more)