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Best Practices

As with many new technologies, architectures, and strategies, Web Services has generated significant hype. The adoption rate for Web Services has grown to the point that it's now becoming clear there is some substance behind the excitement. Unlike many earlier technologies, Web Services has a chance to meet and perhaps even exceed the expectations surrounding it.

Along with the advantages of cross-platform compatibility come some drawbacks. Although the distributed computing environment of Web Services is widely recognized as the way of the future, it carries the baggage of network latency and additional translation time. The actual overhead of running a Web service is not as bad as perceived, but it is a factor for system architects to consider when selecting parts of their systems to expose to the world. Careful testing and optimization can reduce this potential problem significantly. Here are several general principles to consider when programming and architecting Web services:


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