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What is Remote Procedure Calls (RPC)

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
A technical way that allows a call to a subroutine or a procedure which may run on another machine. To the caller, the call appears to be no different from a local call.
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Web Services Coordination for Business Transactions
Honglei Zhang (Cleveland State University, USA) and Wenbing Zhao (Cleveland State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch650
In this chapter, we provide an overview of the Web services technology, together with the set of standard specifications for Web services transactions. The core components of the Web services technology include eXtensible Markup Language (XML), HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and Web Services Description Language (WSDL). Both SOAP and WSDL are based on XML. All these protocols and languages have the characteristic of strong extensibility, which lays a solid foundation for the success of the Web services technology. Due to the extensibility design, the protocols specified in the Web services transactions standards can be plugged into the Web services core seamlessly to provide the additional coordination needed for business transactions. Furthermore, we point out the need to protect the business transactions from the hardware failures and malicious faults, and for more robust coordination for Web services transactions.
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