Web services: Do you speak geek?

Catherine Ketcher, Editor

Think you know Web services? Take our quick quiz (I think it's pretty easy) and see how you measure up on our Web services geek-o-meter. How many can you guess without peeking?

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This defines how two computing entities interact in such a way as to enable one entity to perform a unit of work on behalf of another entity. The unit of work is referred to as a service and the service interactions are defined using a description language.

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This is both a business strategy from Microsoft and its collection of programming support for Web services.

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This is a general term for any programming that serves to "glue together" or mediate between two separate and often already existing programs.

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This is a flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere.

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This is a Java platform designed for the mainframe-scale computing typical of large enterprises. Sun Microsystems (together with industry partners such as IBM) designed it to simplify application development in a thin client tiered environment.

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In general, this uniquely identifies a set of names so that there is no ambiguity when objects having different origins but the same names are mixed together. Using XML, it is a a collection of element type and attribute names.

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This is an XML-based language used to describe the services a business offers and to provide a way for individuals and other businesses to access those services electronically.

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This is a way for a program running in one kind of operating system (such as Windows 2000) to communicate with a progam in the same or another kind of an operating system (such as Linux) by using the World Wide Web's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and its Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the mechanisms for information exchange.

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This is an XML-based registry for businesses worldwide to list themselves on the Internet. Its ultimate goal is to streamline online transactions by enabling companies to find one another on the Web and make their systems interoperable for e-commerce.

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This is an industry consortium which seeks to promote standards for the evolution of the Web and interoperability between WWW products by producing specifications and reference software.

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This was first published in August 2004

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