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There's no doubt about it, Web services are a hot topic in the XML world. It's somewhat ironic that when Jon Bosak, then an online information technology architect at Sun, brought a group of us together in 1996 to bring the powerful concept of generic markup to the Web, Web services were far from our minds. Like so many applications in which XML is being used, it's not a particular technical characteristic of XML that's making new things possible. Rather, it's the fact that otherwise disparate groups are agreeing on how to communicate - at least agreeing enough that the aspects in which they differ are shrinking and hence are far more manageable. The concept of Web services actually predates XML, and examples abound of Web services that aren't XML based. Ever since HTTP parameters and the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), it's been possible to send inputs to a Web ser... (more)