Web services are software systems designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network.

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Has anyone ever claimed a warranty on an SSL certificate? [closed]

SSL certificates often advertise varying amounts of warranties or guarantees, for example $500,000 or $1m. My question is, in the history of SSL, has anyone ever actually successfully claimed one of ...
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When do I need web services?

Are there any general guidelines to understand when I should consider using (as a eat-your-own-dogfood) and providing web services, and when I shouldn't worry about them? Or, any reading materials you ...
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Patient Record Tracking System

Background At a medical facility, staff can remove patient records (file folders) from a room. The room is locked using a standard tumbler lock (i.e., no swipe cards). The medical facility does not ...
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How to get familiarized with certificate generation

I am supposed to work on web Services (using Apache CXF and Spring ) I was asked to get familiarized with certificate generation, as we will need to generate certificates going forward for the web ...
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You write the server, I write the client: Best practices for designing an API?

I'm working on a brand new application that involves a client and a server. Specifically, it's a native mobile app talking to a web server, using a custom API that we will define. I was hired to write ...
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How much data should be required in a request to a webservice?

When recieving data from clients how much data that you provided to them should you require back from them? For example when clients order a product from a webservice should they just need to provide ...
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What are the deciding factors in choosing to expose a web service as a SOAP or REST service?

As far as I can see consuming SOAP requires a SOAP stack, so it is harder for your clients to consume i.e. they need to ensure that they have a SOAP stack in place that formats the POST data and the ...
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With ASP.NET MVC actions, should I use web services?

In ASP.NET Web Forms if you want to use jQuery and call a method directly, you should either implement a web service, or use Page Methods. Also you can use Generic Handlers (.ashx files). However, in ...
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Using Microsoft Office software as part of my web service backend?

What licensing issues arise if I install and use Microsoft Office software (in this case Visio) as part of my web service backend? My company's flagship piece of software can convert Microsoft Visio ...
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Which Java framework meets these requirements?

Which Java framework meets these requirements? What set of frameworks would be best suited to meet these requirements? The requirements are: oriented for web support for transactions support for ...
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Integration tests across a 3-tier .NET solution

I have a 3-tiered .NET solution. Database (SQL SERVER 2008) Web Service (SOAP Service - *.asmx) WPF Client I am comfortably writing Unit Tests within (3) The Client. I am currently working on ...
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How to determine the source of a request in a distributed service system?

Map/Reduce is a great concept for sorting large quantities of data at once. What to do if you have small parts of data and you need to reduce it all the time? Simple example - choosing a service for ...
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What is the best way to exchange files via authenticated web service?

I'm not so much looking for code (although if you want to link to tutorials it would be appreciated) as I am trying to get an idea of what people in the know are doing. Our system is written in PHP. ...
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Need to make a stock inventory application

I need to make an application for my dad to keep track of stock trading inventory. He trades shares for himself and for his clients and would like to keep the records, things like buy/sell price of ...
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What should go in atom:author for autogenerated content in an Atom feed?

I've recently started digging into Atom syndication feeds and are planning to migrate some web services we're running into an more standardized model using Atom Syndication and the Atom Publishing ...
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Future of SOAP, with REST? [closed]

Considering that more and more Web Services are implementing a RESTful interface, I am wondering what the future of SOAP will be? I'm looking for any kind of papers, statistics, articles or ...
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WCF service which takes XML file

I have a client requirement where I need to expose a web service which takes XML. Client will consume my web service and send XML . This web service need to be async. Could you please suggest any ...
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Is there a simple, flat, XML-based query-able data storage solution? [closed]

I have been in long pursuit of an XML-based query-able data store, and despite continued searches and evaluations, I have yet to find a solution that meets the my needs, which include: Data is ...
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N-Tiered Web App Using JQuery/ASP.NET Web Services

For fairly small, non-complex web applications, we have utilized jQuery to make asynchronous calls to an ASP.NET web service for interaction with our Sqlite data store. This has proven to be a pretty ...
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What is “The Cloud”? What do I say when people ask if my web service is “on the cloud”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is “the Cloud” and how does it relate to development? First some context: I don't understand what people are asking when they ask "It it on the cloud?" ...
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synchronization web service methodologies or papers

I am building a web service (PHP+JSON) to sync with my iphone app. The main goals are: Backup Provide a web view for printing / sorting, manipulating. allow a group sync up and down. I am aware of ...
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Strategy for securing paid Data as a Service API

When creating a webservice/api that is intended to be used by javascript/flash/mobile clients, what is a good method for making sure that a paying client's credentials are not stolen and reused. To ...
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What technologies are typically used to implement enterprise services in .NET? [closed]

I'm trying to get an idea as to how what I currently do (implementing enterprise services in Java) would be done in a .NET environment. In .NET, would it typically be done using: IIS as the server? ...
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name origin of “WebService”

WebServices are one possible implementation of a SOA, so there comes the name "Services" from. But why are they called *WEB*Service? Is it because they use web technologies and protocols (HTTP, XML, ...
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Services or Shared Libraries?

I work in an environment where we have several different web applications, where each of them have different features but still need to do similar things: authentication, read from common data ...
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What's the best practice to do SOA exception handling?

Here's some interesting debate going on between me and my colleague when coming to handle SOA exceptions: On one side, I support what Juval Lowy said in Programming WCF Services 3rd Edition: As ...
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Why do people think SOAP is deprecated? [closed]

While browsing SO today I found this question here and it starts with this: Sure, you're gonna tell me that SOAP is depracated and all, well i'm forced to use it Found lots of statement like ...
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Is SOA suitable for developers or only for business/IT management people?

Let's suppose you're the lead of a team of developers that needs to build a big information system such as an ERP or Human Resources software, or whatever system that is composed by multiple business ...
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Should MVC/REST return a 403 or 404 for resources belonging to other users?

When working with a resource-based site (such as an MVC application or REST service), we have two main options when a client tries to GET a resource that they don't have access to: 403, which says ...
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Starting Java Web Services and feeling lost

After building mainly Java desktop apps and some small GWT services, I'm trying to learn how to build Web Services in Java but I feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of buzzwords, terms, ...
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Security for data produced by ASP.NET web serivce

I'm developing an ASP.NET 2.0 web service that serves XML data from a database. Almost all data traffic is one-way, from server to client, and there is no user-specific data. All clients will ...
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How do web services for downloading ringtones work?

I am interested in knowing more about how ringtone download web services work. I do web programming in java, and i would like to make a web service that sends a ringtone to the user's mobile phone ...
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Facebook and Twitter authentication from Mobile Applications

I might be missing something with the Facebook and Twitter logins APIs. Something that is blocking me from understanding how they would be used in mobile applications. Both APIs seem like they need ...
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ODBC Lic Restrictions / Need way around limitation here are me thoughts? What do you suggest?

We are currently using an old legacy ERP system (Thoroughbred) that we have been bolting on functionality by means of web apps we design in house. I interact with the legacy system via ODBC and have ...
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What is the best way to do offline failover of a desktop based client that uses a web service?

I have three incoming projects that share a common problem: they need to have the logic on a web system and they need a local application (e.g. point of sale) that communicates with such system ...
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I need a true random number generator web service [closed]

I need a way to get non-deterministic random numbers on demand for my application. However i do not wish/have the capabilities to build the hardware myself, thus I'm looking for a web service which ...
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SaaS / PaaS / IaaS / HaaS

I've read: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Terms Clearly Explained and Defined and Cloud Computing – Demystifying SaaS, PaaS and IaaS And I've got 2 questions: Is Google App Engine considered PaaS or IaaS? ...
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What is one correct architecture when using a DB with multiple clients?

We have a legacy system with data stored in a SQL database. Several clients connects to this database using a web service. The web service expose a lot of "commands" to query the database and to "do" ...
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Does anyone have any experience with scene7 image server? [closed]

Scene7 is Adobe's image server. It seems like many people are using it. We are considering using it. I want to know the developers experience. Was a pain to develop with or did it make things easier? ...
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infrastructure software/technologies for developing web service

[Edit: Thanks S.Lott for the hints] I'm developing a web service from scratch. The service could have potential of 10,000 requests a day. Actually, to be honest, requirements aren't that clear at this ...
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Connecting to users local machine from my WebApp

I have a Web App that i have developed I am looking to develop a plugin for this app so that i can pull information from the users accounts package such as sage or quickbooks(offline version). Ideally ...
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Convincing a Client to Offer a RESTful Web Service instead of a SOAP Service?

BACKGROUND: I develop custom WordPress plugins for my clients that they then distribute via the WordPress plugin repository. I'm increasingly running into clients who want my WordPress plugins to ...
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Server requests optimisation - size vs frequency

my map-like app loads data from google map API but it also loads some extra data - in the form of XML - from my server. When the app loads it really needs only small amount of data to cover the ...
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Languages and frameworks to build REST services

I'm currently in the process of developing a REST service that will be consumed by an iPhone app. Basically, the service wraps existing business logic. This business logic is written in c# and I'm ...
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Recommended solutions for integrating iOS with .NET, at the service tier

I'm developing an application, in iOS, that is required to connect to my Windows Server to poll for new data, update, etc. As a seasoned C# developer, my first instinct is to start a new project in ...
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How can I optimally consume and re-syndicate a REST web service

I need to write an application which consumes a forum's content via a REST API and stores threads and posts. The application will act as a bridge layer between the forum and write data to a third ...
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API Design Question

I am currently designing a API and have come to a slight design issue and was hoping for a few other opinions. My url structure for accessing basic data from the API is: ...
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What do I tell my colleagues when they complain that our Rails-based website has an API but is not a Web Service?

People want SOAP or a WDSL. I've just got a defined API. What's wrong with that?
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Sending username and password in every request from iPhone app

I'm writing a mobile app & web service combo that requires user to login. The web service will be using SSL, so are there any reasons against sending the user name and password in every web ...
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Software architecture for authentication/access-control of REST web service

I am setting up a new RESTful web service and I need to provide a role-based access control model. I need to create an architecture that will allow users to provide their username and password to get ...