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12. Accessing Maps Through Web Services

Chapter 12. Accessing Maps Through Web Services

While publishing maps to the traditional Web for human consumption is definitely one of MapServer’s most attractive features, you may also want to share your data so that other programs can use it. To do this, you’ll likely want to take advantage of web services. Ethan Cerami gives a good definition of a web service in the introduction to his book Web Services Essentials (O’Reilly):

A web service is any service that is available over the Internet, uses a standardized XML messaging system, and isn’t tied to any one operating system or programming language.

Similarly, Venu Vasudevan in his A Web Services Primer, defines a web service as “XML plus HTTP.” See http://webservices.xml.com/pub/a/ws/2001/04/04/webservices/index.html.


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