With XML entering the picture, the topic of Web services has been heating up lately. The concept has been around for some time, but companies are renewing their efforts in promoting its use. To find out what kind of real-world effect this is having, we recently polled Builder.com members with the question “Are Web services altering your team’s approach to software development?”
As you can see by the results in Figure A, 53 percent of the 119 respondents said they’ve been affected by Web services—with 13 percent saying the effect has been drastic. However, 44 percent said Web services haven’t affected their work, and 3 percent don’t know.
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Read about Web services
To learn more about Web services in the enterprise, check out our Web Services section, where you can find the following articles, among many others:
- “Magical Web service tour,” by Bain McKay—This gives a good overview of Web service architecture and use.
- “Broker architecture for Web services,” by Pramod Jain—This provides an overview of using Web services for B2B and B2C Web deployments.
- “Web services: Putting theory into practice,” by Jonathan Lurie—This offers a case study of Concord EFS, Inc., showing how it deployed Web services to boost profits.
What’s your experience?
How has your company used Web services? What impact has it had on the way you approach software development? We’d like to hear from you! Post your comments in the discussion below or e-mail us and share your experiences.