The basic function of web services is to get your application on the internet so that it can get the exposure that you want it to have. Most of these come in the form of HTTP, Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or XML, Extensible Markup Language. The HTTP protocol is the most widely used on the internet, but XML is very popular as well.
Once we figured out that we could put different things on the internet, we then had to figure out how to make it all work together. This is where web services came into play. What they do is to allow different platforms to work together on the internet seamlessly.
There are a couple of different ways that these can be used. The first is a set of things that are used all the time. There is no need to do the same thing over and over again, so there were web services that were created to do this same thing again and again so that you didn’t have to. Some examples of these are currency converters and translators for other languages. The next thing that they are used for is to allow all of your different software products to connect with one another if they are designed for that. An example of this is the incorporation of some of your bills into your budget so that you have a running tab of what is incoming and outgoing.
While there are a variety of different programming languages that can be used, web services can be used and created for all of them. All it takes is the ability to create a document in the proper programming language and then save it in the correct document format for it to be translated into a functional service. There are a few different ways that this can be done, and it is far too long to explain here.
While you may not now know all the small details and inner-workings of how web services work, you do now have a better idea of what they are about. For those who are interested in learning more, just do a little research. There are places all over the internet where you can learn more about this subject because it is so necessary for the internet to continue.