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The new kid on the Internet technology block is Web services and its implementation technology, SOAP. Simple Object Access Protocol is an XML vocabulary used to describe messaging and remote procedure calls between distributed components. The power of SOAP is its flexibility, which comes from SOAP's foundation in XML, and its ubiquity, which comes from the use of HTTP as a primary transport mechanism. Any modern language that works with the Internet is likely to support both XML and HTTP, and Java is no exception. There are, in fact, many good toolkits for using SOAP with Java and Apache Axis is one of the most popular. Choices abound for the developer working with J2SE or J2EE. What About the J2ME Developer? In the world of mobile devices, a world still constrained by hardware and network limitations, the concepts behind distributed computing are slowly taking roo... (more)