Newcomer's work looks and reads almost like a notebook, with succinct statements in the margin (for instance, "SOAP processors first have to check the mustUnderstand attribute, if any"), adjacent to paragraphs that go into greater depth. He's careful to call attention to differences among the relevant standards documents, and points out differences among implementations. Graphical learners may wish for more conceptual diagrams, as there aren't a lot of them here. Newcomer's prose is brilliant, though, and it's pretty easy to determine what he means. Perhaps best of all, Newcomer isn't cheap with his opinions and forecasts. It's helpful to read his informed feelings and predictions. --David Wall
Topics covered: The specifications, implementations, and popular trends that define the Web services movement. Conceptual coverage of Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) protocol fills these pages. Emphasis is on how it all works rather than on how to program for it.
Web services enable the new generation of Internet-based applications. These services support application-to-application Internet communication--that is, applications at different network locations can be integrated to function as if they were part of a single, large software system. Examples of applications made possible by Web services include automated business transactions and direct (nonbrowser) desktop and handheld device access to reservations, stock trading, and order-tracking systems.
Several key standards have emerged that together form the foundation for Web services: XML (Extensible Markup Language), WSDL (Web Services Definition Language), SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration). In addition, ebXML (Electronic Business XML) has been specified to facilitate automated business process integration among trading partners.
This book introduces the main ideas and concepts behind core and extended Web services' technologies and provides developers with a primer for each of the major technologies that have emerged in this space. In addition, Understanding Web Services summarizes the major architectural approaches to Web services, examines the role of Web services within the .NET and J2EE communities, and provides information about major product offerings from BEA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IONA, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and others.
Key topics include:
With Understanding Web Services , you will be well informed and well positioned to participate in this vast, emerging marketplace.
Forget this book unless you're looking for a very high level understanding of the associated XML specs and architecture.
Wide and informed coverage is given to the subject area, and a comprehensive bibliography serves to provide a means of tracking down further information.
An excellent book for any business or IT executive that really needs to understand the concepts and implications of Web services.
I run across this book and I enjoyed reading it
I found it to be very detailed and it offers the latest technologies in Web services
This title is very good for understanding basic WS technologies. But is older for now and some informations are outdated. Reprint with updated information (espec. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Jiri Pagac
As a glosary is very good, if you where aming to learn how to program a web service it was not very good for me. I would prefer more code samples from the basics to advanced. Read morePublished on August 10, 2007 by Edgar A. Gomez Hernandez
I recommend this book for everyone beginning Web Services. However, I do so with a word of caution: READ IT SLOWLY AND READ IT TWICE. Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by J. Brutto
We bought this book trying to find a good overview about what web-service implementation is, what WSDL means what RPC/Document style means, etc, by an expert point of view, I must... Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Toniocus
This book provides a pretty good overview of web services--although it's a little heavy handed with xml. Read morePublished on July 25, 2005 by Jonathan R. Kindred
I have been thrown into the web services technology without a parachute and this book has helped to put things into perspective. Read morePublished on April 9, 2004 by Barry Svee
This book is about the data side of XML as opposed to the document side. It is the first excellent (and mature) one I read so far. Read morePublished on January 12, 2004 by ws__
Very nice book. I have been following some great technolgies over the last 10 years. With Web services, I was overwhelmed with the bundle of various APIs, tools, standards,... Read morePublished on December 29, 2003 by Prasad Reddy