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Consuming a Web Service

A Web service comprises a chunk of server-side code that is packaged so that it can be used by another server. Anyone who maintains an application server can publish a Web service for other people (like you) to use. Just as in book publishing, distribution is essential. Web service publishers need to publicize the availability of their services, and Web service consumers need to find out about the Web services that are out there. That’s where the UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) registries come in. These registries are search engines devoted to Web services. When you create a Web service, you register it with one or more UDDI registries, and when you’re looking for a Web service, you search these registries.

Three of the largest UDDI registries are maintained by xMethods, IBM, and Microsoft. Dreamweaver lets you quickly and easily search these and other sites to find Web services you can use.


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