As a registered member of SearchSOA.com, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter of Core C# and .NET written by Stephen Perry and published by Prentice Hall PTR. "XML Web services"
Many embrace XML Web services as technology that will spell the end to heavy and complex solutions for distributed communications. At the root of its appeal is the fact that Web services are based on standardized technologies like HTTP and XML that are designed to promote seamless interoperability among different operating systems. This chapter, excerpted from Core C# and .NET, takes a look at the pluses and minues of implementing and consuming Web services in a .NET environment, presenting Web services from both the server and client perspective.
This was first published in January 2008