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What gets most people excited about Web services is that it provides a vision of a future where disparate applications are hooked together in innovative yet undiscovered ways to solve the next generation of IT problems. Web services is intended to create the synergy of many applications working together. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Web services must be resistant to change and quickly adaptable to new types of users who want to use them on their own terms and with their own data formats. These transformational Web services, as I'll call them, will rely heavily on XML to meet this demand. There's a good reason why current Web services protocols such as SOAP and WSDL are defined using XML. XML is an excellent format for storing and managing information in a standard, extensible manner that is also flexible. In this article, I'll look at why a native X... (more)