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James Clinton
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*newbie to WS.
I work on a j2ee project where the server code talks to a MainFrame (CICS) via the Common CLient Interface using some neat middleware.
Is the idea that Web Services should replace Middleware?
 
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I would say that web services are a way of implementing middleware. I believe the generic definition for middleware would be something like "elevates productivity by solving complex problems not directly related to the problem domain". What I mean is that the middleware in your case is a piece of software that provides you an API, which is considerably easier to use than what CICS provides natively. In that sense, if CICS would provide a web service interface instead of some other protocol, that simplified API would just be implemented using web services under the hood.
 
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Thanks Lasse
Much appreciated.
 
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