Date Added: Apr 2011
Web applications built using .NET technologies usually access relational databases via ODBC API. This requires a database system specific ODBC driver to be installed on the application side. On the other hand, a paradigm shift is taking place in web application architectures. Future web applications will be built around Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) where applications will be assembled using remote "Web services" components. These newly assembled applications will provide functionalities using remote web services components over Internet via XML messages. Same paradigm shift will eventually apply to the data communication between applications and databases. Future applications will utilize standard "Database web services" for data storage and querying requirements.