Part I:The .NET Framework
Figure 1-6: Looking at the WebService class with the Windows Forms Class Viewer.
To see the WinCV in action, type WebService into the search box. You are presented with a
large list of classes in the left-hand pane. Clicking on the first choic e, WebService, you are
shown the type definition for the WebService class in the right-hand pan e. The beginning of
the definition tells you that the WebService class is part of the System.Web.Services
namespace. This is a useful tool for search purposes and for a better un derstanding of classes
within the .NET Framework.
This chapter provides a quick overview of the .NET Framework and gives y ou a better
understanding of what you will use to build your XML Web services. This chapter was one of
those 40,000-feet views of the framework, but it provides enough informa tion for you to learn
what you need to know to build XML Web services. If you are looking for more information,
there are numerous books out there that focus primarily on the .NET Fram ework.
In the next chapter you look at some of the languages that you will use to build your XML
Web services and how XML Web services interact with the .NET Framework. Now, take a
closer look at the tools and technologies that you must understand to bu ild XML Web services.