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Web Services best practices

Aaron Wilt
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Joined: Sep 26, 2001
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I just learned the basics of Web Services a few days ago. I've successfully created a web service around some very basic code and exposed it via the WSDL file. I've also written a client application that consumes this service. We're using Java 1.4, Tomcat 4.1 and Axis.

Now that I have the basics down, I've got some questions:

1. Where can I find some best practices for documenting the exposed WS methods to the consumer?

2. What is the best way to ensure backward compatibile code in the case that one of my APIs needs to change? Is it standard practice to write a wrapper around the code you want to expose?

3. Feel free to throw in any other considerations I should keep in mind.


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