Web Service Orange Juice Test

by Matthew Langham

If you've read Gerald Weinberg's book "The secrets of consulting", then you will know what the orange juice test is. if not - it doesn't matter - but get the book.

When talking to people (vendors, consultants etc.) on the subject of web services it is often difficult to make out the facts from the fiction. Here is the solution: The web service orange juice test. Make sure you ask the following question:

"Please tell me what a web service is in one sentence. And please do not use any acronyms".

Then sit back and wait. It's harder than it may seem. Here is my go at it.

Give me your one sentence defintion of a web service - without acronyms!