The goal of this tutorial is to provide an introduction to the terminology of web services, to present current technology choices facing the software designer when creating web services, and to demonstrate practical design patterns for web services implemented in ACUCOBOL-GT.

Providing web services involves the use of several technologies: HTTP servers (also known as web servers), XML, and client-server architecture. While successful use of Xcentrisity BIS does not require becoming an expert in any of these technologies, you are encouraged to become familiar with them through the use of online or printed tutorials or reference material.