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The database server contains a built-in HTTP web server that allows you to provide online web services from a database.
You can handle HTTP and SOAP over HTTP requests sent by web browsers and client applications. The web server performance is optimized because web services are embedded in the database.
Web services provide client applications with an alternative to traditional interfaces, such as JDBC and ODBC. They are easily deployed because additional components are not needed, and can be accessed from multi-platform client applications written in a variety of languages, including scripting languages, such as Perl and Python.
In addition to providing web services over an HTTP web server, the database server can also function as a SOAP or HTTP client application to access standard web services available over the Internet, including those provided by SQL Anywhere HTTP web servers.