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WebService terminologies

kri shan
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Joined: Apr 08, 2004
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I am new to WebSerice. There are different terminologies are used in the WebServices implementation. Invoke a WebService / Consume a WebService / Publish a WebService.
Whether Publish / Invoke a WebSevice is similar ?
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42952
No - publishing is what happens on the server side. Invoking is the same as consuming the WS - it's what the client does.
Matt Middleton

Joined: Feb 23, 2010
Posts: 7
I've seen consuming used when talking about the development process, for example, to generate the classes needed you consume the web service definition. Where as invoking is just like invoking a method, it's when you actually call the service. Publishing, like said above, is what the server side does to make it available for use.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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