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

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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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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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infrastructure software/technologies for developing web service [closed]

[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 [closed]

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 ...
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Marking services for secure handling; Annotation or inheritance?

We have a lot of services, some that demand some security, some that don't. We want an easy way of telling, in code, if a service will be secure or not. What would be the better way: Annotation or ...
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Internal and external API architecture

The company I work for maintains a successful SaaS product that grew "organically" over the years. We are planning to expand the line with a suite of new products that will share data with the ...
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web services, J2EE, spring, DB integration project ideas- maybe data mining related? [on hold]

I am a graduate CS student (Data mining and machine learning) and have a good exposure to core JAVA (>3 years). I have read up a bunch of stuff on Design patterns J2EE Web services( soap and rest) ...
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Web2.0, AJAX, HTML5, Facebook, social web, OpenId, OAuth, web browsers… where is it going ? [closed]

We have seen many new things in the last five to seven years on the web: Facebook, HTML5 appeared, new browsers grew strongly, Google failed with Wave. Facebook, GTalk and Gmail are cross-platform ...
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Difference between Web API and Web Service?

I have heard about Web Services and Web API's a lot, is there any difference between them or are the same?
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Question about API and Web application code sharing

This is a design question. I have a multi part application with several user types. There is a user client for the patient that interacts with a web service. There is an API evolving behind the web ...
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Guidance for Web XML Api's

I have to create an API for our application that is accessible over HTTP. I envision the API's responses to be simple XML documents. It won't be a REST API (not in the strict sense of REST). I am ...
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Accessing a Web Service: Learning Resource needed [closed]

I have been searching for resources to learn (Java) Web Services. Although I have found a lot of resources and tutorials on JWS, I am confused with the version numbers, the abbreviations and Metro. ...
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How to obtain GPS Coordinates for local businesses? [closed]

Is anybody aware of a database that consists of businesses, addresses and GPS location information, preferably searchable by city at a minimum? I have an application in mind that I'd like to develop ...
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Advice for good web server development setup [closed]

A month or so ago I created my first LAMP stack and implemented a simple web site that exercised each letter in that acronym. However my development setup was much less than ideal. I don't really ...
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What is the difference between WCF service and a simple Web service in developing using .NET Framework?

My questions are: What is the difference between WCF service and a simple Web service in .NET Framework? What a WCF Service can do which a .NET Web service cant? In other words, what are the ...
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What's the best RESTful URL structure for a recursive resource?

I'm creating a RESTfull service for a tree-like resource structure and was wondering what the best URL structure would be? I have three requirements: be able to get a collection of root resources ...
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Is Project Titan (Facebook email app) going to be a game changer from a programmers perspective?

Is Project Titan (Facebook email app) going to be a game changer from a programmers perspective? Although some details are still scarce, the internet is slowly learning more about this new software. ...