Summary: Rather than build every feature into your web applications, web services let you share functions from other applications across the web. Learn more about web services, how they can help your business, and a simple way to create web applications that include web services.
Do you remember the days of monolithic applications? Every feature was built into the application itself. Not only were these applications difficult to build, they were maintenance nightmares.
Now, we live in a “services” world. Rather than build the features you need from scratch, you just “borrow” those features from another application using a web service. Considering all of the different types of web applications available today, web services create endless possibilities.
What is a web service? Web Services help different applications communicate (and share data and services) with each other. They are platform and technology independent.
What does that mean? They connect all types of applications across the web—even those built with different languages. For example, a web service can let a .NET application talk to a Java application and vice versa.
Why are they important, and how can your business use web services?
We’ve put together a short video to help you answer those questions. It explains how web services can help your business and outlines a few ways other companies use them. You can find the video below.