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Simple Web Service: What to call it?

Scott Chilcote

Joined: Jun 21, 2011
Posts: 2
Hi Folks,

I am working on a project that uses a Java "worker" application to provide an API with several services. This app runs on JBoss.

The worker application's API is accessed primarily through JSP and AJAX, by client GUI applications that run on the web browser.

So it is very simple, event driven, request/response based.

Is there a name for this kind of web service architecture?
I need to write an overview of this project and am having difficulty coming up with generic terms for it.

Thanks for any help.

Scott C.
Madhan Sundararajan Devaki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 312

I believe, this is the normal webservice architecture !

Not many get the right opportunity !
Scott Chilcote

Joined: Jun 21, 2011
Posts: 2
I have looked at the definition of a Web Service on wikipedia and other online sources. They all describe using WSDL, XML schema, and SOAP. The first web service project I worked on used all of these, plus Axis 2 to make the SOAP interfaces more straightforward.

For our most recent project we needed something simpler, and happened onto this approach. The available descriptions of web services don't say much about it, unless it's related to REST.


Scott C. / Cary, NC USA

Kristofor Davison

Joined: Jul 05, 2011
Posts: 6
Are you sure this is a Web Service?
from what you are describing it sounds more like a standard java web application with a back end worker section being accessed be the web part all on one server.

Although being on the same server does not mean it is not a web service but the idea of a web service is that it is a service that can be accessed via the web or remotely usually by xml and soap ect.

I agree. Here's the link:
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