Web Services and the Kindness of Strangers

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2006-12-20 Print this article Print

The SOAP API to the Google search engine, an archetype of Web service enablement and the soul of the seminal book "Google Hacks," is apparently on its way to retirement.

Developers whose eyes are aglow with the prospect of writing composite applications should consider the difference between Web services as multi-source marketplace--a good thing, but not entirely there yet--and Web services as an application modularity strategy that outsources key parts of execution, as well as design, to people with whom you may have no contractual relationship. You first.

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