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Professional Java Web Services Paperback – January, 2002

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Professional Web Services concisely explains the important technologies and specifications behind web services. The book outlines the architecture of web services, and the latest information on implementing web services. The book assumes a good knowledge of Java and XML.

About the Author

Scott gained an MSc in Cognitive Science five years ago, and has been working with Internet technologies such as Java and XML ever since. He currently works as a consultant for a news and financial information provider. He can be reached at webservices@scottcable.com.

Ben Galbraith started programming in BASIC. The years since have included forays brief and extended in Pascal, C, Perl, Delphi, and yes, even Visual Basic. Unimpressed with Java Applets. An amateur historian and part-time businessman, Mr. Galbraith is currently free-lancing in the western United States.

Mack Hendricks currently works for Sun Microsystems within the iPlanet division as an Enterprise Support Account Manager. He has eight years of experience working in a number of different areas of computing. His technical interests include: distributing computing systems, XML, Java, datamining, object oriented design and operating systems.

Romin Irani is a Senior Software Engineer with InSync Information Systems, Inc in Fremont, California. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from University of Bombay, India. Romin spends most of his time researching Web Services technologies and products and writing about them. He welcomes your comments at romin@rocketmail.com.

Robert Kraai spends half of his waking hours hunched over a keyboard, pounding it to death as he produces Java code for EPIQ Systems, Inc., a software company in Kansas City, Ks. Since 1979, when Robert fell in love with his elementary school's first Apple II, he has pecked, pounded, and clicked through a multitude of programming languages, databases, and platforms.

James Milbery is a Principal with Kuromaku Partners LLC. He has worked with a diverse group of clients such as Oracle Corporation, William Blair Capital Partners and Allied Capital. He is also the Product Reviews Editor for SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal, XML Developer's Journal and Wireless Business and Technology.

Tarak Modi has been architecting scalable, high performance, distributed applications for over six years. His professional experience includes hardcore C++ and Java programming; working with Microsoft technologies such as COM, MTS, COM+, and experimenting with .NET; Java platforms including J2EE; and CORBA.

Andre Tost works as a Solution Architect for IBM's WebSphere Software Group in Rochester, Minnesota. In his current assignment, he helps IBM's strategic software partners to integrate with IBM middleware products. He started Java programming in early 1996 in the SanFrancisco project and has been developing in this language ever since.

Alex Toussaint is Director of Engineering for Vignette Corporation in Austin, Texas. He has over 10 years of software development experience and has extensive experience with Java since 1996 and J2EE technologies since 1998. Alex welcomes your email at alex_toussaint@yahoo.com.

Jeelani works as a Senior Software Engineer at Insync Information Systems, Fremont, California. He has a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and is a Sun Certified Java2 Programmer. His interest in programming led him from electrical engineering to software programming. He has more than 5 years of experience and has done various projects using J2EE technology.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Information Inc.; illustrated edition edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003751
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,109,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tarak Modi is a recognized thought leader, industry veteran, and a prolific writer who has authored two books and published over 80 articles on IT transformation and modernization technology including Enterprise Architecture, SOA, and Cloud Computing. He co-authored Professional Java Web Services (Wrox Press, 2001) back when Web Services were still a novelty and his most recent book, Living in the Innovation Age, is just in time as the world economy enters a somber period of austerity and innovation is seen as the one savior.

Currently, Tarak Modi is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CALIBRE Systems, Inc., where he is responsible for planning and coordinating their IT and innovation strategy. He resides in the Northern Virginia area. Find out more about him at his professional website, TekNirvana.com.

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Wrox books tend to occupy a particular niche in the market. Wrox' strategy seems to be to be early into the marketplace with a book on a bleeding edge topic. Their 'Early Adopter' series is particularly aimed at this market, but so are many of their books. If something is wrong or superceded, Wrox will publish another book on the same topic, usually a bunch more books on the topic.
Wrox also tends to publish books with many authors. This makes their books spotty, though in theory it ensures expert knowledge of a wide range of topics. In practice I don't find it so. Certain chapters in any Wrox book will be effectively unusable.
The speed comes at a price in terms of proofreading and to the useful life of the books they publish. When I purchase a Wrox book I know what I'm getting. It's a book with a short useful life which will help get me started quickly on bleeding edge topics at the cost of some frustration and skullsweat.
Typically I will replace a Wrox book later on my learning curve when O'Reilly and other more careful publishers come out with their books. There is a place for books like these. Even if they aren't 100% accurate, they are timely and are rarely completely useless. I usually don't recommend them for beginning technologists for that reason.
This book was useful when I bought it but has now almost reached it's sell-by date.
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Perhaps my expectations are too great, but what I look for in a book is the ability to learn something by following reasonable instructions. This book's source code is pretty good and plentiful... but read on.
Where the trouble comes in is when you actually try to follow the setup and execution steps. Such a case is in the beginning of the book when one is supposedly shown how to configure Tomcat, SOAP and their related libraries... oh, and the wrong URLs. Do yourself a favor: just tear the pages out. Even when you get to the point where your first web service is deployed, you still can't get around the error messages until you do something which the book should most certainly have warned the reader about: restart Tomcat.
Look, I'm no expert, and this is the reason why I bought the book. In all fairness, it's likely that someone from Wrox will actually go through the steps himself and bang his head on the desk enough so that the second edition will deserve more credence in its instruction.
It was probably too late for the Java Web Services Developer Pack to be included in the book, so don't buy this book if you intend to focus on the pack, unless you're lucky enough to know the significant differences. Sorry gang, but this book went to the press prematurely.
Other than that, I still recommend it, with the aforementioned caveats having been considered. Wrox: replace your proofreaders... pleeeeeeez. I'm sure that the authors meant well and I still managed to learn quite a lot.
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This is a good book to familiarizing on how to implement web services using Java. What I found most valuable about this book is the coverage of AXIS, CapeStudio, SAP and J2EE.
As most other Web Services books, the chapters on SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and Web Services Security are very general and take up half of the book. If you're already familiar with these concepts these chapters are useless. Also as most web services related technologies are quickly evolving I would find this book quite outdated today.
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