Exploring Web Services

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Dr. Christian Trefftz, trefftzc@gvsu.edu


Web Services are an alternative for developing distributed systems. A web service can be made available through a web server. Standards have been created to exchange messages between the client and the web server providing the service, SOAP, and to describe the format of the services being provided, WSDL.

A prototype in VisualBasic.net has been written to explore the process of writing a server and two different clients using web services. The server allows restaurants to publish their menus. Customers can query the server for different kinds of foods and their availability. The lessons learned from the process of developing this prototype will be discussed.

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