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What are Web Services? What are the Web Services Standards?

Davanum Srinivas

Web services constitute a distributed computer architecture made up of many different computers trying to communicate over the network to form one system. They consist of a set of standards that allow developers to implement distributed applications -- using radically different tools provided by many different vendors -- to create applications that use a combination of software modules called from systems in disparate departments or from other companies.

Here's a list of standards and links to more information: