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Web Services Platform Architecture: SOAP, WSDL, WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, WS-BPEL, WS-Reliable Messaging, and More Paperback – April 1, 2005

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131488740
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From the Back Cover

"Other books claim to present the complete Web services platform architecture, but this is the first one I've seen that really does. The authors have been intimately involved in the creation of the architecture. Who better to write this book?"

—Anne Thomas Manes, Vice President and Research Director, Burton Group

"This is a very important book, providing a lot of technical detail and background that very few (if any) other books will be able to provide. The list of authors includes some of the top experts in the various specifications covered, and they have done an excellent job explaining the background motivation for and pertinent details of each specification. The benefit of their perspectives and collective expertise alone make the book worth reading."

—Eric Newcomer, CTO, IONA Technologies

"Most Web services books barely cover the basics, but this book informs practitioners of the "real-world" Web services aspects that they need to know to build real applications. The authors are well-known technical leaders in the Web services community and they helped write the Web services specifications covered in this book. Anyone who wants to do serious Web services development should read this book."

—Steve Vinoski, Chief Engineer, Product Innovation, IONA Technologies

"There aren't many books that are as ambitious as this one is. The most notable distinguishing factor of this book is that the authors have tried to pair down the specifications for the user and rather than focusing on competing specifications, they focus on complementary ones. Nearly every chapter provides a business justification and need for each feature discussed in the Web services stack. I would recommend this book to developers, integrators, and architects."

—Daniel Edgar, Systems Architect, Portland General Electric

"Rarely does a project arrive with such a list of qualified and talented authors. The subject matter is timely and significant to the industry. "

—Eric Newcomer, author of Understanding SOA with Web Services and Understanding Web Services and Chief Technology officer, IONA

The Insider's Guide to Building Breakthrough Services with Today'sNew Web Services Platform

Using today's new Web services platform, you can build services that are secure, reliable, efficient at handling transactions, and well suited to your evolving service-oriented architecture. What's more, you can do all that without compromising the simplicity or interoperability that made Web services so attractive. Now, for the first time, the experts who helped define and architect this platform show you exactly how to make the most of it.

Unlike other books, Web Services Platform Architecture covers the entire platform. The authors illuminate every specification that's ready for practical use, covering messaging, metadata, security, discovery, quality of service, business-process modeling, and more. Drawing on realistic examples and case studies, they present a powerfully coherent view of how all these specifications fit together—and how to combine them to solve real-world problems.

  • Service orientation: Clarifying the business and technical value propositions

  • Web services messaging framework: Using SOAP and WS-Addressing to deliver Web services messages

  • WSDL: Documenting messages and supporting diverse message interactions

  • WS-Policy: Building services that specify their requirements and capabilities, and how to interface with them

  • UDDI: Aggregating metadata and making it easily available

  • WS-MetadataExchange: Bootstrapping efficient, customized communication between Web services

  • WS-Reliable Messaging: Ensuring message delivery across unreliable networks

  • Transactions: Defining reliable interactions with WS-Coordination, WS-AtomicTransaction, and WS-BusinessActivity

  • Security: Understanding the roles of WS-Security, WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation, and WS-Federation

  • BPEL: Modeling and executing business processes as service compositions

Web Services Platform Architecture gives you an insider's view of the platform that will change the way you deliver applications. Whether you're an architect, developer, technical manager, or consultant, you'll find it indispensable.

Sanjiva Weerawarana, research staff member for the component systems group at IBM Research, helps define and coordinate IBM's Web services technical strategy and activities. A member of the Apache Software Foundation, he contributed to many specifications including the SOAP 1.1 and WSDL 1.1 specifications and built their first implementations. Francisco Curbera, IBM research staff member and component systems group manager, coauthored BPEL4WS, WS-Addressing, and other specifications. He represents IBM on the BPEL and Web Services Addressing working groups. Frank Leymann directs the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems at the University of Stuttgart. As an IBM distinguished engineer, he helped architect IBM's middleware stack and define IBM's On Demand Computing strategy. IBM Fellow Tony Storey has helped lead the development of many of IBM's middleware, Web services, and grid computing products. IBM Fellow Donald F. Ferguson is chief architect and technical lead for IBM Software Group, and chairs IBM's SWG Architecture Board.


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About the Author

This book was a team effort by the folks at IBM who have been working on designing and building the Web services platform. The lead authors of this book—Sanjiva, Francisco (Paco), Frank, Tony, and Don—wrote parts of the book and coordinated contributions from the others. We'll start with descriptions of the five lead authors and then talk about the others who contributed.

Sanjiva Weerawarana received a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1994. After a few years at Purdue as visiting faculty, he joined IBM Research in 1997, where he is a research staff member in the Component Systems Group and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Sanjiva's research interests are in component-oriented programming in general and specifically about component-oriented distributed computing architectures. He got involved with the Web services stack early by contributing to SOAP 1.1 and then by building the first implementation of it, which was later released to the Apache Software Foundation to start the Apache SOAP open source project. After that, Sanjiva cocreated WSDL (with Paco) and coauthored many Web services specifications, including WS-Addressing, WS-MetadataExchange, BPEL4WS, and WS-Resource Framework. In addition to developing specifications, Sanjiva has implemented many of them, in addition to technologies that are related to Web services, including Apache WSIF and the Web Services Gateway. He has been an active contributor to IBM's technical strategy for Web services and has helped coordinate IBM's Web services activities for the past five years. After Web services, Sanjiva's second love is open source, where he's a member of the Apache Software Foundation and the cofounder of the Lanka Software Foundation, an open source foundation in Sri Lanka. In his leisure time, he teaches at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where he lives and telecommutes to his job in New York.

Francisco Curbera is a research staff member and manager of the Component Systems Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York, where he has worked since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University. His current research interests are in the use of component-oriented software in distributed computing system. In the past, he has worked in the design of algorithms and tools for processing XML documents, and in the use of markup languages for automatic UI generation. He has worked in different Web services specifications since the initial Web services concept surfaced in late 1999, first as one of the original authors of the Apache SOAP implementation of SOAP 1.1, and then as coauthor of WSDL 1.1, BPEL4WS, WS-Policy, and WS-PolicyAttachments, WS-Addressing, WS-MetadataExchange, and other Web services specifications. He currently represents IBM in the Web Services Addressing working group, standardizing WS-Addressing at the W3C, and in the Web Services Business Process technical committee standardizing BPEL4WS at OASIS.

Frank Leymann is a professor of computer science and the director of the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests include service-oriented computing, workflow and business process management, transaction processing, and architecture patterns. Before taking over as a professor, Frank worked for two decades at IBM Software Group in the development of database and middleware products. During that time, he built tools that support conceptual and physical database design for DB2, as well as performance prediction and monitoring, co-architected a repository system, built both a universal relation system and a complex object database system on top of DB2, and was coarchitect of the MQSeries family. In parallel to that, Frank has worked continuously since the late 1980s on workflow technology and has become the father of IBM's workflow product set. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer and elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology, he has contributed to the architecture and strategy of IBM's middleware stack and IBM's on-demand computing strategy. From 2000 on, Frank worked as coarchitect of the Web service stack. He is coauthor of many Web service specifications, including WSFL, WS-Addressing, WS-Metadata Exchange, WS-Business Activity, and the WS-Resource Framework set of specifications. Together with Satish Thatte, he was the driving force behind BPEL4WS. Frank has published many papers in journals and proceedings, co-authored two other text books, and holds numerous patents.

Tony Storey is an IBM Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineering. He graduated from the Royal Institute of Chemistry and received his doctorate from the University of Durham. Tony joined IBM at the UK Scientific Centre and spent some years there in pioneering work on relational database technology. Subsequently, he has worked for more than two decades in the IBM development laboratory at Hursley, engaged in the development of distributed computing and middleware. He has played a leading role in the creation and development of many of IBM's world-leading middleware products, such as Customer Information Control System (CICS) and MQSeries. He was a key contributor to the development of Java specifications and technology for use in enterprise computing environments for which he earned a corporate award. Tony has most recently helped develop Web services and Grid computing within IBM and more broadly across the industry. He is a coauthor of many Web services specifications, in particular the transaction and messaging specifications. He is actively involved in providing guidance to the UK e-Science strategy that leverages a significant portion of the Web services infrastructure covered in this book. Prior to joining IBM, he worked in the development of Real Time computing systems for military applications.

Donald F. Ferguson is one of approximately 55 IBM Fellows, the company's highest technical position, in its engineering community of 190,000 technical professionals. He is the chief architect and technical lead for IBM's Software Group family of products, and he chairs the SWG Architecture Board. Don's most recent efforts have focused on Web services, business process management, Grid services, and application development. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University in 1989. His thesis studied the application of economic models to the management of system resources in distributed systems. Don joined IBM Research in 1987 and initially led research and advanced development efforts in several areas of system performance and management. Starting in 1993, Don started focusing his efforts in the area of distributed, Object-Oriented systems. This work focused on CORBA-based SM solutions and frameworks and evolved into an effort to define frameworks and system structure for CORBA-based object transaction monitors. The early design and prototype of these systems produced the IBM Component Broker and WebSphere family of products. Don has earned two corporate awards (EJB Specification, WebSphere), four outstanding technical awards, and several division awards at IBM. He was the coprogram committee chairman for the First International Conference on Information and Computation Economies. He received a best paper award for his work on database buffer pools, has written more than 24 technical publications, and has nine granted or pending patents. In addition, he has given approximately 15 invited keynote speeches at technical conferences. Don was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1997 and was named a Distinguished Engineer on April Fool's Day, 1998. No one is sure if the joke was on IBM or Don. Don was named an IBM Fellow on May 30, 2001.

A team of 10 other writers coauthored specific chapters whose underlying technology they helped create. We provide their bios in alphabetical order here.

John Colgrave is a senior software engineer based in IBM's Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom. He has a B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an M.S. degree in computer science. Both degrees are from Manchester University. John has 20 years of experience in the architecture, design, and development of distributed systems and middleware. He is an active member of the OASIS UDDI Specification Technical Committee. He has authored several technical notes and contributed to the main UDDI specification. He is the architect of the IBM implementation of UDDI Version 3.

Christopher Ferris is a senior technical staff member in IBM's Standards Strategy group. He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 25-year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards development for XML and Web services since 1999. Chris currently chairs the WS-I Basic Profile Working Group, which is responsible for the development of the WS-I Basic Profile, and is an elected member of the OASIS Technical Advisory Board. He is a coauthor and editor of the WS-Reliable Messaging specification. Prior to joining IBM, Chris served as chair of the W3C Web Services Architecture Working Group and as a member of the W3C XML Protocols Working Group.

Thomas Freund, coauthor of Chapter 11, "Transactions," is a senior technical staff member in the Emerging Technology group at IBM. He has worked extensively in the areas of transaction systems and Web services and has participated in the development of standards for OMG, Java, and Web Services. These specifications include the OMG/Object Transaction Service, the J2EE/Java Transaction Service, and Web Service's WS-Coordination, WS-AtomicTransaction, and WS-BusinessActivity.

Maryann Hondo, co-author of Chapter 7, "Web Services Policy," is a senior technical staff member at IBM, having joined IBM/Lotus in 1996. Her previous background includes work for HP on DCE- and PKI-based Single S...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2005
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What do you get when you put a number of Web Services gurus from IBM in a room for a while? You'll get the "Web Services Platform Architecture" book. In short, all the authors that assisted in writing this book are Web services experts from IBM who have either wrote the specs or assisted in writing the Web services specs in question. The nice thing about the book is that is it an easy read. It is not a dry, boring, "reading-these-specs is-putting-my-to-sleep," book. As you know, there are a number of specs that cover Web services, so the authors have a taken a short-and-sweet approach to each protocol. Each protocol is covered in detail, but the detail surrounds why you would want to care about this protocol, and not what paragraph 4, subparagraph 8 of chapter 2 of WS-Security says about naming conventions, for example. Each chapter ties the business needs to the technical aspects of the protocol, and talks about how the protocol can be used to solve a given business problem.

The following protocols are covered in this text:

Messaging-type protocols such as WS-Addressing

Description-type protocols such as WS-Policy, and WSDL

Protocols that are used for QoS specification such as WS-Security, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-Atomic Transaction and WS-Business Activity

Security type protocols (WS-Security) and other related protocols such as WS-Trust, WS-Privacy, WS-Federation and WS-Authorization

Workflow and composition type protocols such as WS-BPEL.

As the authors move "up" the stack (the protocols are presented and classified very similar to what I described above - layers atop of the transport protocols such as TCP/HTTP), the business examples get more and more involved and complicated.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on May 11, 2005
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As an architectural book this is a fine work. It's short, somewhat terse but not overly so. Graphics are consistently well used throughout. And the author has a genuine grasp of the subject.

If you are looking for an architectural level work, or a high level introduction to web services, then you may have found your book. But if you are looking for something that presents both the architecture and some examples of implementation you won't find what you are looking for here.
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Web services has grown beyond just the basics, and there are a number of new standards emerging. To keep up from an architectural standpoint, a good choice might be Web Services Platform Architecture by Sanjiva Weerawarana, Francisco Curbera, Frank Leymann, Tony Storey, and Donald F. Ferguson (Prentice Hall PTR).

Chapter List:

Part 1 - Introduction: Service-Oriented Architectures; Background; Web Services: A Realization of SOA

Part 2 - Messaging Framework: SOAP; Web Services Addressing

Part 3 - Describing Metadata: Web Services Description Language (WSDL); Web Services Policy

Part 4 - Discovering Metadata: Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI); Web Services Metadata Exchange

Part 5 - Reliable Interaction: Reliable Messaging; Transactions

Part 6 - Security: Security; Advanced Security

Part 7 - Service Composition: Modeling Business Processes: BPEL

Part 8 - Case Studies: Car Parts Supply Chain; Ordering Service Packs

Part 9 - Conclusion: Futures; Conclusion; References; Index

It used to be you only needed to know a few basic things about web services, like WSDL, SOAP, and maybe UDDI. But now there's a whole new slew of standards and acronyms for web services, usually starting with WS- (WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, and so forth). The first step you need to take is to figure out what the new standards are and how they fit into the overall picture. The authors do a good job of this in the book. They present an architectural diagram that shows the whole SOA stack of where each piece fits. Then they have each "part" of the book cover the current and new web services standards that fit in that area.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
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Web Services have been rapidly evolving. This entire field is in a state of flux as many companies, including IBM, Amazon, eBay and Microsoft, search it for a killer app. The book and the field groan under the weight of a slew of acronyms - SOA, WSDL, SOAP, UDDI, WS-Security, BPEL and more. Unfortunately, there is little that you can do about this but pay attention.

The key idea in the book is of Service Oriented Architecture. It gives us a loosely coupled system; made of nodes that asynchronously communicate using message oriented protocols. A non-blocking mode that greatly improves the robustness of the entire system. The book goes into all this and far more.

A major merit of the book is that it is very up to date. Including an explanation of Business Purpose Execution Language. This is the latest big innovation in Web Services. It grew out of the realisation that Web Services Description Language was not expressive enough to describe intricate business logic across different interacting Web Services, even in a declarative format. So BPEL was devised to handle this shortfall. Essentially, any other book on Web Services that omits mention of BPEL is now obsolete.
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