The goal of this chapter was to provide insight into routing for Web services, show what can be achieved today with a combination of .NET and Java services, and briefly discuss related specifications.
I find the implementation of routing for Web services to be an intriguing area. As Web services are increasingly used in conjunction with each otheras opposed to being used as standalone entitiesI see routing as being a key part of enabling the technology. Routing and forwarding is something we can already see in the way HTML content is delivered through proxy servers and firewalls. As the adoption of Web services increases and a standard for routing emerges, I believe we will see similar support for Web services, too.