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Online MSSQL Database Connection vs Web Service?

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I normally write web services when working with Windows apps and online MSSQL databases.

Q. Is there another way which is also secure?
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If you are using https and encryption you should have no problem.
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By WebServices I assume you are talking about SOAP?

If so have you had a look at "REST"?  This was coined around 2003 and provides a simpler and (arguably) more secure alternative to Web Services.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REST
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/cc950529.aspx
http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/the-soa-blog/the-rest-vs-web-services-debate-continues-11751

-Rowan
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Ted Bouskill earned 500 total points
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You can use SSL to connect directly to the SQL database.  Adding web services simply adds moving parts and complexity, it doesn't add security.  In fact, it's one more layer that has to be secured.
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I'm looking into DiscountASP for SQL connection support.
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