Most Popular Web Services Have Social Component

Facebook, arguably the most popular web service today, is a social site. But Facebook with all its security issues aside, one will notice that many of popular web services these days have a social component. Some examples of such web services include YouTube, Flickr, and even Google’s web search.

Visit just about any online service today and you’ll likely see a comments section or at least the most popular social sharing buttons. Of course, they all also have their own versions of the Like button, ranging from marking stuff as a favorite to voting interesting posts up. Some even have a system for voting things down.

When it comes to Google’s web search, the social component may not be as obvious in the sense that they don’t directly engage users. But if you are logged into your Google account while searching you’ll notice that Google will show stuff that are tailored to your interests as indicated by the stuff your social network (on Google plus) visits and likes.

So it seems that there is no escaping the fact that the Internet is getting more social despite privacy concerns about sharing personal stuff over the internet.

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On Web Service Outages

404 errorPerhaps there’s nothing like a service outage to underscore the importance of web services. After all, nobody likes getting a 404 error page when surfing the net, specially when you have an important task in mind, like paying your bills online or researching some information you need for an overdue report. Indeed, when it comes to web services, you can say that reliability is just as important as security.

Despite the importance of reliability and the efforts of hosting companies to deliver in this aspect, outages are still a common occurrence. In fact, PCWorld reports that Outage Analyzer‘s figures show more than 9000 service outages in the last 5 months, for a daily average of 53 service outages going on at the same time in different parts of the world. The figures stated include both full outages, wherein all pages and services in a website are down, and partial outages.

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RESTful Web Services

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.

Benefits of Web Services

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.

Windows Live: A Microsoft Web Service

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.

What are Web Services?

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”.

Windows Azure: Feasible Option for Enterprise Cloud Service

microsoft-logoIn 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.

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Investing in Web Service Companies

stock market street signThe 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 Cloud Services

amazon web services logoAmazon’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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More on DHTML III

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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.