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Web agent vs. Web service

Razvan MIHAIU
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Hi,




What is the difference between a web agent and a web service ?
Are they the same thing ?



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Razvan MIHAIU
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Hi,


If nobody has time for this trivial issue perhaps somebody can pinpoint me to a site where I can find out the answer by myself. I tried in vain to find a definition for "web agent" on Google and on some sites that have an "IT dictionary". Any clue ?


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Razvan
[ February 28, 2005: Message edited by: Razvan MIHAIU ]
William Barnes
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Not sure if it is a question of time. I have never heard of a "web agent". Where did you get the word?


Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Razvan MIHAIU
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Hi William,




Please search google for all the documents that have the words "web agent" in the title:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=allintitle%3A%22web+agent%22&btnG=Search

You will find 1890 documents.

As for me, I saw this term in a XML mock test somewhere on the web - but right now I don't remember exactly where.



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Razvan
William Barnes
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Well it appears to be different things to different people. I would think of it as a "bot", or "spider". Something which goes onto the internet with a specific task. The most common example being how search engines find your web page. There appear to be other definitions though.
Razvan MIHAIU
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> I would think of it as a "bot", or "spider".

That means that a 'Web Agent' is not on a web server (like a 'Web Service'). It is a client technology that interacts with web servers in order to do data mining of some sort.


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Razvan
[ March 04, 2005: Message edited by: Razvan MIHAIU ]
 
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