There are other ways to connect the Web Service architecture to a stand-alone application:
Faux Implementation: The Faux Implementation pattern is an alternative mechanism for solving the event listener problem identified in this chapter. The Faux Implementation appears as a first-class Web Service but is instead merely an open socket that receives connections and gives proper responses to the event service. With faux implementation, you lighten the requirement of having a complete Web Service environment available on your client in order to participate in the Web Service paradigm. Chapter 14, "Exploring the Faux Implementation Pattern," covers this pattern.