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Web Services has been touted as the next big achievement that may eventually replace our current model for building e-business applications. Although it's true that Web services presents tremendous opportunities, it is also true that Web services is an extension of traditional environments and tools, and will still require the fundamentals that govern the use of current environments and tools. The power of Web services is its reliance on simplicity, a foundation in current Internet technologies, and a focus on standards, including XML for data, SOAP for transport, WSDL for location, and UDDI for directories. Web services applications, like all applications, require a development environment and language with a solid deployment infrastructure, including the ability to connect and integrate existing resources, such as data and processes, as well as develop new ones. ... (more)