I am creating an small app to accept an http request (non SOAP) from another company. This request will be a form post, the form fields will be processed and either a 1 or 0 should be returned. I was thinking about doing this as w web service but I have some basic questions.
Is there an advantage of using a web service vs. a regular .cfm page to process the request?
When you create the WS in CF8 is there a way to tell it that a username and passwd is required to access the web service? The username/pwd in the CF admin page does not do this, actually, I am not sure what that unm/pwd are for because it does not seem to effect consuming the web service or accessing the WS in the cfasmin. I can require that username/pw fields be passed in the form and check that but how would that be different from a regular web page?