Cameron Laird's personal notes on Web Services

Here's the one-paragraph version of the story: "Web Services" is a terrible, confusing name (blame analysts--they're responsible for a specific incident) for a specific collection of standards having to do with highly interoperable distributed computing. The Web is about distributed content that people can read; Web Services does the same for programmability, so that distant computers can easily co-operate on calculations. Also, WS makes distributed computing fun in a way that was never true for closest competitors DCOM and CORBA (IIOP, really).

What does that mean? I know I can only understand such descriptions when fortified with concrete examples. Consider ...

[Answer correspondent's question: "...add a few more words on WS.html about what specific kinds of things fall into this category. For instance, is it a web service if someone like provides cgi scripts to do search engines of a particular kind? What about sites which provide a cgi interface , or weather sites which provide cgi that can be used to embed a weather report, etc." ...]

I'll expand this page a great deal during Spring 2001. For now, I recommend:

I'm in the middle of a series of articles on programming WS with Tcl and other scripting languages, including

XMethods and Lucin provide two indexes to publicly-accessible Web Services.

[Distinguish WS and WSDL.]

I like the ORA interview with Simon St. Laurent, Joe Johnston, and Edd Dumbill, nominally on XML-RPC. Their book [does ORA not yet have a URL for it?] is also valuable; I'll probably write a review at some point.

WS periodicals include

Cameron Laird's personal notes on Web Services/
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