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Chapter 31. Consuming and Providing XML ... > Integrating Access 2003 with XML Web...

Integrating Access 2003 with XML Web Services

Prior to its release, there was widespread speculation that most Microsoft Office System 2003 members would include native support for XML Web services. As mentioned in Chapter 1’s “Support for XML Web Services” section, this didn’t happen; only InfoPath 2003 has out-of-the-box support for retrieving and updating SQL Server and Jet data with XML Web services. The initial reaction of most Access power users and developers to this omission is likely to be “So what?” When this book was written, XML Web services were in the “early adopter” stage. Major players in the RDBMS market—IBM, Microsoft, and, to a lesser degree, Sun Microsystems and Oracle—have invested many millions of dollars to integrate XML Web services with their data-related development tools. Microsoft emphasizes support for XML Web services as a key incentive for migrating to Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET.


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Microsoft uses the term XML Web services to differentiate the subject of this chapter from conventional Web services, such as search services, electronic commerce applications, portals, and the like. Most other development tool and application server vendors, such as BEA Systems, Borland, IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems drop the XML prefix. The XML prefix applies to all instances of the term Web service(s) in this chapter.



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