According to BusinessWeek.com, web services is defined as an architecture or language used to provide function to users. Furthermore, the article in BusinessWeek.com goes on to say that web services share three types of programming in XML, Standard Object Access Protocol (SOAP) which is exemplified in HTTP and SMTP, and Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) (Bloomberg, 2008).
In the development of DB solutions for online merchants and web based solutions, these web services give programmers the ability to provide needed functions for performing business tasks online. XML allows for integration and data sharing across systems. While SOAP enables a wide variety of solutions for displaying, accessing and sharing information.
Lastly, WSDL performs the networked services and systems to communicate with each other. While DBs provide the information necessary to make ‘information’ valuable, these web services transform the information into useable forms that help users make decisions, purchase goods and complete needed processes.
Bloomberg, L.P. (2008). So, what the heck are web services? Bloomberg Businessweek. Online resource. Retrieved from, http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2005/tc2005028_8000_tc203.htm