Say we have a complex J2ee application which is running in a J2EE container. Which consists of all sorts of components such as jsp, servlets, stateless session beans, entity beans, MDBs etc. Some part of this application needs to access a web service running on a differrnt machine. What is the best way of doing this?. My main concern is accessing external web serive ultimately involves socket calls and it is not recomneded to initiate socket calls from a J2EE application.