Testing Web Services

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There are two common methods used to test a web service: through a web page, or through a programming language. It is important to have an easy way to manually test a web service so that bugs can be verified as fixed and new testing ideas can be verified at the spur of the moment. This paper explains why web services are the perfect candidate for programmic or automated testing.

Many companies have embraced web services and are striving to have their systems interoperate both with different operating systems within their own walls and outside of their walls making it easier to work with strategic partners. How do we as engineers test those services before they are ever rolled out into production?

This paper will help you understand what a web service is, give you an example of how web services are being put to use, and determine how to approach testing a web service manually through a web page and with automation using different programming languages.

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