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From the Back Cover

Expert Solutions and State-of-the-Art Code Examples

SOA Using Java(tm) Web Servicesis a hands-on guide to implementing Web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) with today's Java EE 5 and Java SE 6 platforms. Author Mark Hansen presents in explicit detail the information that enterprise developers and architects need to succeed, from best-practice design techniques to state-of-the-art code samples.

Hansen covers creating, deploying, and invoking Web services that can be composed into loosely coupled SOA applications. He begins by reviewing the “big picture, including the challenges of Java-based SOA development and the limitations of traditional approaches. Next, he systematically introduces the latest Java Web Services (JWS) APIs and walks through creating Web services that integrate into a comprehensive SOA solution. Finally, he shows how application frameworks based on JWS can streamline the entire SOA development process and introduces one such framework: SOA-J.

The book

  • Introduces practical techniques for managing the complexity of Web services and SOA, including best-practice design examples
  • Offers hard-won insights into building effective SOA applications with Java Web Services
  • Illuminates recent major JWS improvements-including two full chapters on JAX-WS 2.0
  • Thoroughly explains SOA integration using WSDL, SOAP, Java/XML mapping, and JAXB 2.0 data binding
  • Walks step by step through packaging and deploying Web services components on Java EE 5 with JSR-181 (WS-Metadata 2.0) and JSR-109
  • Includes specific code solutions for many development issues, from publishing REST endpoints to consuming SOAP services with WSDL
  • Presents a complete case study using the JWS APIs, together with an Ajax front end, to build a SOA application integrating Amazon, Yahoo Shopping, and eBay
  • Contains hundreds of code samples-all tested with the GlassFish Java EE 5 reference implementation-that are downloadable from the companion Web site,


About the Author

Chapter 1: Service-Oriented Architecture with Java Web Services
Chapter 2: An Overview of Java Web Services
Chapter 3: Basic SOA Using REST
Chapter 4: The Role of WSDL, SOAP, and Java/XML Mapping in SOA
Chapter 5: The JAXB 2.0 Data Binding
Chapter 6: JAX-WS-Client-Side Development
Chapter 7: JAX-WS 2.0-Server-Side Development
Chapter 8: Packaging and Deployment of SOA Components (JSR-181 and JSR-109)
Chapter 9: SOAShopper: Integrating eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo! Shopping
Chapter 10: Ajax and Java Web Services
Chapter 11: WSDL-Centric Java Web Services with SOA-J
Appendix A: Java, XML, and Web Services Standards Used in This Book
Appendix B: Software Configuration Guide
Appendix C: Namespace



About the Author

Mark Hansen, Ph.D., is a software developer, consultant, and entrepreneur. His company, Javector Software, provides consulting and software application development focused on Web services. Mark is also a content developer for Project GlassFish and has developed the open source SOA-J application framework for WSDL-centric Web services development.

Previously, Mark was a visiting scholar at MIT, researching applications for process and data integration using Web services technology. Prior to that, Mark was an executive vice president for Xpedior, Inc., a leading provider of e-business consulting services. He joined Xpedior when they acquired his consulting firm, Kinderhook Systems.

Mark founded Kinderhook in 1993 to develop custom Internet solutions for Fortune 1000 firms in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to founding Kinderhook Systems, Hansen was a founder and vice president of technology for QDB Solutions, Inc., a software firm providing tools for data integrity management in corporate data warehouses.

Mark's work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Information Week, Computer World, Database Management, Database Programming and Design, Business Communications Review, EAI Journal, and IntelligentEnterprise.

Mark earned a Ph.D. from the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, a master's degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

Mark and his wife, Lorraine, live in Scarsdale, New York, with their three children, Elizabeth, Eric, and Emily.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (May 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130449687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130449689
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Dugan on August 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mark Hansen says SOA using Java Web Services is hard and he seems to do his best to prove it.

The author states in the Preface, " is inevitable that I will have disappointed some readers because a particular topic of interest to them isn't covered." For me, that wasn't the problem. The problem was there was not enough grounding in what I already know to give me enough lift to understand the text.

I couldn't really follow most of the book. Reading this book, my concentration collapsed under a borage of acronyms and complex notations. I don't think this book is for someone who is not already nearly an expert on the subject. Too many times I saw phrases like "my purpose is not to write a detailed tutorial for..." -- leaving me wondering what background information he would provide.

I cannot say this is a bad book. I can only say I didn't get much out of it and that most developers would be challenged themselves. I am not an expert in SOA or Web Services, but I have been a Java developer more than six years and a software engineer for more than 20.

Despite being a book about Java Web Services, there is really not very much Java in the book. It's mostly dense text with XML examples.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GA on December 25, 2007
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I couldn't wait to dive into this book, as it covered precisely the topics that are sorely lacking in other books on the subject. For instance, the book covers topics related specifically to JEE 5. It's also got a chapter on REST, which other current SOA books bizarrely ignore.

But there's the rub: the writing logic is incredibly "upside down". The author chokes you with details first, then, much later, gives the context into which the details should fit. Sometimes he even neglects to give any context at all, and you're left with a load of low-level details for which you have no use.

The REST chapter is a case in point, instead of explaining REST or elaborating the position of REST vis-a-vis the broader spectrum of Web Services, which he said in the preface that he'd do, the chapter starts with an out-of-place primer on XML and XSLT and then moves to implementation examples of doing REST with and without Java Web Services. The end.

Also, the book assumes you already know all you need to know about SOA and Web Services, and focuses far too closely on the the implementation using the new tools of Java Web Services. While that's the title of the book, the back cover makes you think that it covers issues broader than implementation details, by saying things like "practical techniques for managing the complexity of web services and SOA, including best-practice design examples".

In general I found that the information is badly organized, the sub-topics in a chapter don't build up well to the chapter's objective, the diagrams are confusing, and, usually, you don't get what the author is trying to achieve from the flood of information he provides.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Dimick Eastman on August 22, 2007
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A colleague and I were already experienced Java developers. This book greatly helped getting us jump started into web services. I bought a couple similar books at the same time, but this is the one I used most.

That said, acronyms were over-used. By page 70, my head was swimming trying to remember the difference between an SEI and an EIS. If you are going to abbreviate that many things, create a table to decode them or at least include them in the glossary.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shilpa on May 18, 2007
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This is a very good book to learn and master WebServices and SOA concepts. I am a developer and understand how difficult it is to develop and maintain webservices for an enterprise application. This book explains the concepts very clearly along with very good examples which I use as reference for my development. From design to implementation this book has been very helpful. I recommend that everyone who is working on webservices should have this book. This book also talks about interesting ideas which will help in designing robust and scalable web service applications. It surely helps improve design and build robust,scalable web service application, and very good for reference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rconline on August 31, 2007
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I work in a company, which lost its largest client because it delivered
a large Java application with poor usage of SOA techniques. Having worked
on that project, I know how difficult it can get when there are 18
engines talking to each other through XML's !

I wish our company had had this book to guide us during that project.
Although not an easy text, reading this book has been a pleasure,
because it offers clear and practical advice for working with
the often overly complex SOA technology standards for Java (e.g.,

The book has lots of examples, starting with simple REST services and
progressing to more complex SOAP/WSDL and JAXB illustrations, including a
"SOAShopper" tool that integrates shopping across eBay, Yahoo, and Amazon.

For me, the book's pluses are: the speed at which I
could get started with web services; the forward-looking approach
based on both SOAP and RESTful API's; the detailed coverage of JAXB;
and the entire concept of binding rather than mapping for Java/XML

Chapter 6 and 7 deal with the JAX-WS both client side and server side.
The author describes SOA architecture and concepts of WS with
sufficient detail and on the other he provides granular examples to
develop and deploy lots of examples. I think this combination of high
level architecture and detailed examples distinguished this book from
any other SOA/Web Services text that I've seen.

Chapter 8 clarifies packaging issues in detail; a very comprehensive
effort that deals with most of the situations a software developer is
likely to encounter in practice!
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