If you are a .NET developer, by this time you probably worked with ASP.NET Web Services. However, ASP.NET is not the only framework that allows you to develop web services. SQL Server 2005 and 2008, for example, allow you to create web services. SQL Server native web services can come in handy when you want to expose your application data over the web irrespective of the type of client applications that consume it. This way, you need not develop another layer of ASP.NET web services. This not only simplifies your architecture but also reduces deployment efforts. This article throws light on how this feature of SQL Server can be harnessed to expose your data directly over HTTP without having to worry about another web service layer or other network connectivity issues.
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