WebSevices Theory

Hi guys in my last post of web services we saw a practical implementation of java web services but here i want to explain some of the important theory concepts that are involved in design and implementation of web services.

What are Web Services?

  • Web services are application components
  • Web services communicate using open protocols
  • Web services are self-contained and self-describing
  • Web services can be discovered using UDDI
  • Web services can be used by other applications
  • XML is the basis for Web services

How Do WebServices Work?

The basic Web services platform is XML + HTTP.

XML provides a language which can be used between different platforms and programming languages and still express complex messages and functions.The HTTP protocol is the most used Internet protocol.

Web services platform elements:

  • SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
  • UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration)
  • WSDL (Web Services Description Language)

Interoperability plays major role in webservice implementation

When all major platforms could access the Web using Web browsers, different platforms couldn’t interact. For these platforms to work together, Web-applications were developed.

Web-applications are simply applications that run on the web. These are built around the Web browser standards and can be used by any browser on any platform.

What is SOAP?

SOAP is an XML-based protocol to let applications exchange information over HTTP.Or more simple: SOAP is a protocol for accessing a Web Service.

SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol
SOAP is a communication protocol
SOAP is a format for sending messages
SOAP is designed to communicate via Internet
SOAP is platform independent
SOAP is language independent
SOAP is based on XML
SOAP is simple and extensible
SOAP allows you to get around firewalls
SOAP is a W3C standard

What is WSDL?

WSDL is an XML-based language for locating and describing Web services.

WSDL stands for Web Services Description Language
WSDL is based on XML
WSDL is used to describe Web services
WSDL is used to locate Web services
WSDL is a W3C standard

What is UDDI?

UDDI is a directory service where companies can register and search for Web services.

UDDI stands for Universal Description, Discovery and Integration
UDDI is a directory for storing information about web services
UDDI is a directory of web service interfaces described by WSDL
UDDI communicates via SOAP

Happy WebServices 🙂


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