web service1.What are web services?
Web services are open standard (XML, SOAP, HTTP etc.) based Web applications that interact with other web applications for the purpose of exchanging data. Web Services can convert your existing applications into Web-applications.

2.What are the features of web services?
Following are the features of Web service −

It is available over the Internet or private (intranet) networks.

It uses a standardized XML messaging system.

It is not tied to any one operating system or programming language.

It is self-describing via a common XML grammar.

It is discoverable via a simple find mechanism.

3.What the components of a Web Service?
The basic web services platform is XML + HTTP. All the standard web services work using the following components −

SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration)

WSDL (Web Services Description Language)

4.How Does a Web Service Work?
A web service enables communication among various applications by using open standards such as HTML, XML, WSDL, and SOAP.

You can build a Java-based web service on Solaris that is accessible from your Visual Basic program that runs on Windows.

You can also use C# to build new web services on Windows that can be invoked from your web application that is based on JavaServer Pages (JSP) and runs on Linux.

5.What is the purpose of XML in a web service?
A web services takes the help of XML to tag the data, format the data.

6.What is the purpose pf SOAP in a web service?
A web service takes the help of SOAP to transfer a message.

7.What is the purpose of WSDL in a web service?
A web service takes the help of WSDL to describe the availability of service.

8.What are the benefits of Web Services?
Following are the benefits of using web services −

Exposing the Existing Function on the network − Web services allows you to expose the functionality of your existing code over the network. Once it is exposed on the network, other application can use the functionality of your program.

Interoperability − Web services allow various applications to talk to each other and share data and services among themselves.

Standardized Protocol − Web services use standardized industry standard protocol for the communication. All the four layers (Service Transport, XML Messaging, Service Description, and Service Discovery layers) use well-defined protocols in the web services protocol stack.

Low Cost of Communication − Web services use SOAP over HTTP protocol, so you can use your existing low-cost internet for implementing web services.

9.What do you mean by Interoperability of Web Services?
Web services allow various applications to talk to each other and share data and services among themselves. Other applications can also use the web services. For example, a VB or .NET application can talk to Java web services and vice versa. Web services are used to make the application platform and technology independent.

10.What do you mean by loosely coupled architecture of Web services?
A consumer of a web service is not tied to that web service directly. The web service interface can change over time without compromising the client’s ability to interact with the service. A tightly coupled system implies that the client and server logic are closely tied to one another, implying that if one interface changes, the other must be updated. Adopting a loosely coupled architecture tends to make software systems more manageable and allows simpler integration between different systems.

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