The idea for Web services is not new, although the most enthusiasm being shown for it is still by higher-level programming experts and theoreticians. On a practical level, Web services streamlines processing by allowing businesses to communicate seamlessly between computer functions through a much higher order of connectivity than conventional equipment and software offers.It uses XML (Extensible Markup Language) files to interact on demand, a concept known as "loose coupling." XML is a metalanguage similar to HTML, the markup language that powers the Internet. It differs in that it was designed to describe rather than present data, and it's the language that Web services uses to collectively communicate in the online environment labeled by Novell founder and Internet guru Craig Burton as the "Internet Services Model."

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