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Web services, the latest new new thing in computing, have attracted the massive hype and attention traditionally bestowed on the holder of this title. The high level of interest, although perhaps excessive, is understandable considering what Web services are meant to deliver: nothing less than immediate and automatic integration of disparate IT systems, eliminating the need for drawn-out custom integration efforts involving huge dollops of expensive consulting. The flood of coverage that Web services has attracted might not be indicative of much, other than the fact that IT journalists haven't had much else to write about lately. Certainly some have started (yet again) to catch on to the fact that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Like the graphical user interface, the Internet, Java, and many other technologies, Web services may have a profou... (more)