Representational State Transfer or RESTful Web Services is one type of such service that works to represent the overall function of the Web more specifically, showing its behavior and functions. RESTful works in such a way that the user is presented with a network consisting of web pages. These web pages can then lead to other web pages by simply making use of involved links that cater to page transfer. This process is basic but nonetheless, works to satisfy the need of its users may it be for personal or business use. Another is that RESTful services work together with the exceptional standards namely XML, URI, MIME, and the most commonly used, HTML. With this being said, its services are very much attainable due to its “lightweight infrastructure”, which the service is known for. Nonetheless, nowadays, these services cost minimally and work with minimal restrictions making its use more accessible to the online community.
There are two main benefits of Web services and these are on the aspect of function and cost. Through its usage, programmers are able to expand and exhibit the involved functions of their made codes for the benefit of the users. At the very instant that these codes and programs are exposed to the public, its uses would widen due to the interest of various applications to adapt the functions involved in these programs. Another aspect benefitted is cost, in particular, cost of communication. Through web services, communicating is achievable with a simple internet connection. The implementation of these web services varies with the programming language such as SOAP and HTML but nevertheless these contribute to a wide range of interactions. Web Services will always have that vital part in the online community, programmers will strive to improve and invent more services, and users will continue to appreciate and benefit from those.
Microsoft Web Service includes the Windows Live which is actually free of charge and sometimes is readily available in one’s purchased computer. This application can be used as a means to interact with other Windows Live users in the form of emailing and chatting. Editing, and even storage of files and data are made possible through it. Another feature that this application caters to varying online services such as calendars where users can make their schedules, set appointments and reminders, and take note of important dates. Another online service is that users can make groups for social interaction, sharing, and coordination. One’s profile can as well be managed through it. Windows Live users are able to access fellow users’ posted information, activities, and other basic information. Messaging, contacts storage, and photos and videos are as well part of this application. Definitely, interaction is made easier through this Microsoft Web Service and through its features, users are able to enjoy its usage and the convenience it brings.
Web Service, also known as “application service”, is in the form of software that caters to communication and this can be accessed by another application. This kind of communication occurs between two programs or devices without any restriction of the programming languages involved. With this being said, communication is actually possible between different operating systems. Another feature of this Web Service is that it not dependent on browsers making it easier to be used. Web Services fall under the World Wide Web that describes such service to be a form of interaction possible with the presence of a network occurring between two machines. According to it as well, Web Services are divided into two classes namely REST-compliant Web Service and Arbitrary Web Service. These two vary in the set of operations used. REST-compliant makes use of “constant set of operations” while the other makes use of “arbitrary set of operations”.
In case you’re looking for a solid enterprise cloud service other than Amazon Web Services, you might want to look into Microsoft’s Windows Azure.
Although Windows Azure has a long way to go before it gets the attention of a significant portion of the cloud market, it actually offers a good number of cloud service offering and does so at competitive rates, thanks to recent price reductions for its commodity products such as compute, storage and bandwidth. Currently its cloud services features caching, SQL database, business analytics, identity, and service bus.
Aside from enterprise-grade cloud services, Windows Azure also offers infrastructure services (e.g virtual machines and networks), mobile services, data analysis, media services, and a whole slew of web site services.
Despite Windows Azure determined to play the catch up game, pundits are already declaring that their extended range of services will likely not be enough to woo businesses from Amazon Web Services since they still don’t have reason enough to disrupt an already good thing.
The importance of web services is something we are all aware of, touching our lives in all aspects from entertainment to our livelihoods. When it comes to web services these days, the range of what’s available is quite staggering with services ranging from dating sites to data management and web security easily accessible to consumers. And in case you think of a service that is not available on the Internet, you can bet that you start an online business out of your idea.
Web services have become such a huge source of income though that IT companies are opening up left and right. Investors wanting in on the action can opt to fund start-up companies as angel investors while even small-time investors can trade in stocks. However, the market is very volatile with many web service companies going under. This is why it is important to keep track of what’s happening so that as an investor you will make sound decisions when buying and selling your stocks in web service companies.
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Amazon’s online store is perhaps one of the most best known web service there is. Selling just about everything from baby clothes to self-help books, anyone you meet on the street will probably automatically think of their retail store when you ask them what kind of web service the company provides. The truth though is that Amazon offers a lot more than that in terms of web services.
One of Amazon’s rather useful web service is their cloud services. The Amazon Web Service cloud can be used by businesses for their cloud computing needs, saving them a lot of money that would otherwise be needed for infrastructure expenses – from the actual hardware to personnel and maintenance costs. Of course, with the advantages always comes a disadvantage with many still hesitating to invest in cloud computing due to security issues. However, although security threats will always be a problem cloud computing is proving to be secure enough for many enterprise applications.
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DHTML eliminates the boring elements of static pages without compromising performance and interactivity. It uses the user’s computer to calculate and make effective the changes so that the site does not have to make use of a distant server to load or even reload a document so that text and data do not have to go on a circuitous route that can consume time before it can carry-out the changes. DHTML are also self-contained so no additional support from applications or controls are needed.
Web services left and right are upping their security measures out of need. Just take Facebook’s recent roll out of HTTPs on all of their pages. Despite the security measures taken by these web services, you should still take control of your own computer’s security and make sure that you have a sound security software installed. Of course, you should also see to it that updates are regularly downloaded.
In case you still end up with a virus on your computer though don’t panic because there are easy fixes for most problems, with the most common being to just let the anti-virus software take care of the questionable files. Even if you end up with less than funny consequences like having your internet access blocked by a virus, there are still solutions that you can easily implement. Of course, in some cases the only thing to really do is wipe your hard drive clean. So before this happens, take the necessary measures to secure your computer and don’t rely on the fact that online web services are doing their jobs well.
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Google may have reinvented the web when it first came out with its super search engine. It also did the same thing with email when Gmail came out. But when it comes to social sites, Facebook still reigns supreme.
Unfortunately, Facebook is also known for its security breaches and not so friendly security and privacy settings. Of course it may be argued that you only need stay out of social media sites if you want total privacy and security, but seriously Facebook can make some improvements in terms of security.
Well Facebook knows that too, which is why they have started using HTTPS as the default protocol for all of its pages, not just your login page. For this month only US users will feel the changes, but according to the Facebook blog, it “will be soon rolling out to the rest of the world”. So no matter where you might be updating your status, whether on some prime piece of real estate in Osaka or at an internet shop in Texas, you can bet that your personal info on Facebook will be a tad be more secure.
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