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Programming Web Services with XML-RPC (O'Reilly Internet Series) 1st Edition

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'This is a good book and, if this is an area of programming that interests you, simply buy a copy and save yourself hours of trial and error.' - Mike James, Computer Shopper, October 2001

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Have you ever needed to share processing between two or more computers running programs written in different languages on different operating systems? Or have you ever wanted to publishinformation on the Web so that programs other than browsers couldwork with it? XML-RPC, a system for remote procedure calls built on XML and the ubiquitous HTTP protocol, is the solution you'vebeen looking for.

Programming Web Services with XML-RPC introduces the simple but powerful capabilities of XML-RPC, which lets you connect programs running on different computers with a minimum of fuss, by wrapping procedure calls in XML and establishing simple pathways for calling functions. With XML-RPC, Java programs can talk to Perl scripts, which can talk to Python programs, ASP applications, and so on. You can provide access to procedure calls without having to worry about the system on the other end, so it's easy to create services that are available on the Web.

XML-RPC isn't the only solution for web services; the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is another much-hyped protocol for implementing web services. While XML-RPC provides fewer capabilities than SOAP, it also has far fewer interoperability problems and its capabilities and limitations are much better understood. XML-RPC is also stable, with over 30 implementations on a wide variety of platforms, so you can start doing real work with it immediately.

Programming Web Services with XML-RPC covers the details of five XML-RPC implementations, so you can get started developing distributed applications in Java, Perl, Python, ASP, or PHP. The chapters on these implementations contain code examples that you can use as the basis for your own work. This book also provides in-depth coverage of the XML-RPC specification, which is helpful for low-level debugging of XML-RPC clients and servers. And if you want to build your own XML-RPC implementation for another environment, the detailed explanations in this book will serve as a foundation for that work.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001193
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Bernstein on July 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
As with most O'Reilly books, this one is a comprehensive treatment of an emerging technology, and is probably destined to become a standard reference on the subject as it moves into mainstream development. Unfortunately, it is not without its flaws.
The book does an excellent job of covering What XML-RPC is, what it does, and how it can be used from a variety of programming environmments to build web-services, including touching on my web-development environment of choice, Zope.
Notable in it's absence however (and the reason I gave this book four stars instead of five), is any mention in the book's main text of the environment that spawned XML-RPC, UserLand Frontier. Although Dave Winer (creator of Frontier) wrote the foreword to the book, I think that some coverage should have been given to using Frontier with XML-RPC.
I could wish that the subject of designing web services had taken center-stage, rather than some specific implementations, but the design of web-services is covered more than adequately in chapter eight.
Make no mistake, this is an excellent book, especially if you build web applications in any of the five programming environments covered (Perl, Python, ASP, PHP, Java), and I can reccomend it wholeheartedly to anyone who is creating or designing web-services.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Dunstan on January 8, 2002
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This book explains fully how to use XML-RPC in five languages: Java, PHP, Perl, Python, and ASP. Becuase XML-RPC is so simple to use (I got it working for both Java and PHP), it does not take much explanation to set up this technology and actually use it. This book is a good up-to-date reference for this technology, which will has been established and is being implemented in more and more languages as time progresses, making this technology an alternative to CORBA.
This is a small book, because the subject is very easy and fast to learn. By using the Universal Language XML, This technology enables programs in one language to call procedures in programs in another language across the internet, regardless of firewalls, because it runs on HTTP.
Some of the possibilities of using XML-RPC are in SOAP applications, distributed applications, even internet games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Gauld on October 21, 2002
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Good coverage but a bit repetitive since it explains
the same thing for each of several languages. Only
read the chapters you need... Sadly XML/RPC seems
to be losing ground to .NET/SOAP which is a shame
coz RPC is much simpler and less bandwidth intensive.
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By S.RAMASWAMY on September 11, 2005
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The book is dated, and some of the examples, like the ones using Python are out of sync with current libraries. But, overall, the book is still valuable.It begins with a nice forward from an XML-RPC insider - Dave Winer;he was intimately involved in the evolution of the XML-RPC spec and you get a rare glimpse into the discussions that resulted in the technology spec - something that you rarely find in tech books. The next best thing about the book are the authors - they are totally in charge of the subject being developers themselves and experienced authors. With reasonable examples,tips and insights on XML-RPC - the technology itself, plus various language implementations of XML-RPC libraries, this book written on an under hyped and flawed,but successful loose integration and web services technology is a good read. Apart from sections explaining the protocol itself, the major portion of the book is devoted to Java,Perl, and Python implementations of the standard, integrating web applications with XML-rpc using PHP,and bridging ASP and COM.
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