I've been wondering: what are web services?
I've been developing a lot of "normal" Windows applications lately. A few times now it has happended that I've run into trouble with something (I'm fairly new to .Net) and in my search for a solution to my problem, people have suggested that I rather use web services. Obviously, not even knowing what they are I always ignore that advice. Lately I've started seeing and hearing the words web services more and more and I've decided to find out what they are!
Any advice, information, suggestions or links to helpful resources would be appreciated. Before I delve into too many links and manuals and stuff I would prefer a few simple explanations on what web services are just to get me started.
I know that in VB.Net you can create one of two main types of applications: Windows Application (Project) or a Web Applicaton (Web Site). Has web services got something to do with the distinction between these two types, is it a third type of application or is it a service/technique/resource/control/something that can be used within the two types of applications mentioned above???
If I do receieve a lot of helpful info from different experts I will increase the points and share them as best I can.
Looking forward to it!