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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education (August 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130907634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130907639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Leverage the power of SOAP on any platform, with any leading programming language!

  • Integrate your enterprise applications across the Web!
  • The platform-independent guide to SOAP
  • SOAP programming with C++, Perl, C#, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Build an industrial-strength SOAP system from scratch
  • CD-ROM: SOAP for Windows, Linux and Unix, plus extensive source code library!
Technical Reviewers:
Yves LaFon, Chair of the SOAP W3C Committee
John Montgomery, Lead SOAP Developer, Microsoft
Kent Sharkey, .NET Frameworks Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

SOAP is the universal "glue" that can integrate virtually any distributed system, helping enterprises streamline processes and communications across the Internet as never before. SOAP: Cross Platform Web Services Development Using XML is the practical, hands-on introduction to using SOAP on Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms, using any of five leading programming languages. Discover how SOAP leverages key Internet standards such as XML and HTTP to solve distributed computing problems that DCOM and CORBA can't! Coverage includes:

  • All the XML you need to get started with SOAP
  • SOAP's basic syntax: HTTP headers, SOAP payloads, error handling, data types, encoding structures, and more
  • Extending SOAP to support heterogeneous and legacy environments
  • SOAP programming with C++, C#, Perl, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Comparing today's leading SOAP servers

The last six chapters of this book present a start-to-finish SOAP case study application-from requirements and design through coding.

Whether you're constructing Internet applications, integrating existing applications within or between enterprises, or simply evaluating SOAP, this book contains the insights-and practical examples-you're looking for.

CD-ROM INCLUDED

The accompanying CD-ROM contains complete SOAP implementations for Windows, Linux, and UNIX, plus all source code from the book.

About the Author

SCOTT SEELY has written extensively on Windows and UNIX/Linux programming, as well as on C, C++, and Visual C++, and he has recently joined Microsoft. He is author of Windows Shell Programming (Prentice Hall PTR).


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wiekowski on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
My boss wanted me to show him that something complex could be done using XML Web Services. I took about a day and a half to setup the case study from this book (case study is an auction web site that has a Linux box talking to Windows servers running both the SOAP toolkit and VS .NET Beta 2). He and his boss were amazed that something like that could be put together using XML. As an added bonus, the explanations of SOAP, WSDL, and the rest made it easy for me to explain what was going on under the covers.
Scott has some great stuff on MSDN as well. To get a feeling for his writing style, just look for his name there.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2002
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This is a really good book and I learned a lot from it. After reading some of the reviews, I noticed that people seem to run hot and cold on this book. Since I loved it, I thought I could put in this word of warning: make sure you have done some actual development before grabbing this book. Scott assumes that you understand how to write code and glosses over a lot of that stuff. He does assume you know nothing about XML or SOAP and does an excellent job bringing the reader up to speed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2002
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I've read the other positive reviews on this topic and they already say quite a bit about the book-- explains SOAP well, good XML primer, yadda yadda yadda. I learned quite a bit from this book. The thing this guy does that many authors don't do is he explains all the basics (fairly common) and then shows how everythiing works across C#, VB 6, and Java on *nix and Windows. Most authors cop out and stick with only Linux or only Windows. None of the books I've seen build an example that crosses the bridge.
Before buying this title, I highly recommend that you check out the At Your Service column on MSDN. Scott's a co-author on that column. If you like the writing style in his columns, you'll love the book. For more in depth writing, consider searching for his name and look for more articles. That's what I did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carl Sizlack on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Just a couple of quick comments:
1. The brief history that explains why SOAP was invented was handy in understanding where the need for SOAP came from.
2. Great job on explaining the only XML you need to know in order to understand SOAP. So far, the content has been dead on.
3. The book has given me a good understanding of how all this stuff works.
I grabbed this one because of Scott's interop article he did for MSDN. I figured that he had to learn the info somewhere-- this book must be the location. I hope he revs this one soon after SOAP v1.2 comes out. Hopefully, he'll also include info on the new WS-xxx specs that Microsoft is pumping out. If anyone can explain this stuff well, it's Scott!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Gonzales on November 11, 2001
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I bought this book hoping to figure out what all of this Web Service stuff is about. Scott writes for MSDN, so I figured that he must have a clue. As a prior reviewer noted, Scott goes into detail about the specifications. I read the SOAP spec and it is fairly difficult to read. Yes, he follows the specs fairly closely but he explains things in easy to understand terms and does a far better job explaining things than the SOAP or WSDL specs do.
I've been working on a web service for the past month now. Not surprisingly, I've had to dig into SOAP messages and WSDL whenever I was doing my interoperability testing. Thanks to Scott's book, I can actually understand what I'm reading.
The case study is a good read as well. Make sure to read it if only for the architectural guidance.
Almost everybody on my team bought a copy. Do yourself a favor. If you are starting a project that exposes or consumes a Web Service, include copies of this book for all devs in the budget. It'll be worthwhile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nandakumar Sankaran on October 17, 2002
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I've read about SOAP and Web Services from other books and have always come out with questions about how certain ideas work "under the hood". I feel that I really understand a concept if I know how it works at the wire level. The problem with many of the books out there is that they give you a very good coverage of the technology but not much insight into the fundamentals. Scott Seely's book on the other hand gives you a very balanced view of SOAP. It discusses XML schemas and the SOAP messaging protocol. Immediately, Scott jumps into implementing a SOAP server by hand which is essential to understanding how SOAP really works (and to learn to appreciate the need for SOAP frameworks that are currently available on various systems). The book is worth just for this chapter, if nothing else. The case study of an auction system puts a nice finishing touch, rounding off a comprehensive top to bottom treatment of SOAP.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nee on September 17, 2001
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This book is a good introduction into SOAP. The Case Study at the end of the book is very detailed and by following through it, you can gain a solid understanding of SOAP, XML and how to use it.
The only drawback is that it doesn't describe in detail the use of SOAP by multiple programming languages. I guess one book can't do all :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
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I recently bought this book to learn about how things really worked. I was happy to see that the book avoided a lot of the fluff seen in other texts and that it explained the protocols well. I had a couple of questions and wrote to the author with them. Scott replied promptly and gave me some good advice.
I higly recommend this book.
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