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UnixReview.com: Easy COM-Web Services Gateways

Mar 01, 2002, 15:08 (0 Talkback[s])
"'Ready to join the Web Services revolution'? However immune you are to such marketing-driven labels, there's a valuable technical core to Web Services (WS), and it's likely to lead to important changes, if not a revolution. Don't let those changes make you uneasy, though — you'll continue to find that Perl is one of the best ways to get your work done.

The major vendors speak as though Visual Basic and Java are the natural ways to program WS. That's only part of the story, though. This article will show how freely available code makes it simple and useful to write COM-WS gateways in Perl.

In fact, this is the sort of job that's easier in Perl than in better-advertised languages. Consider the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), the principal underlying transport for WS applications to communicate with each other. Despite the official description of SOAP as a "lightweight" networking method, leading SOAP toolkits weigh in around 100 MB to start. With Perl, though, SOAP is built in to the compact popular ActivePerl distribution for Windows and other platforms."

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