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Developing Web Services with Apache Axis2 Paperback – July 21, 2008
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By the end of chapter 2 you're already doing web services; albeit not very complex ones, but you are pretty much on your way.
In chapter 3 Kent takes a closer look at the environment; and this is the perfect time to do so because Web Services are remote beasts and you need a way to debug. At the same time the wizard idea of creating code from WSDL is cool but automation is needed. Kent takes care of that issue as well.
In chapter 4 the calling process is analyzed and TCP Monitor is introduced. This is a fun chapter. Short and sweet.
Chapter 5 gets serious again; multiple parameters are discussed. Pay attention to page 93. He mentions interoperability. Very important if you want those pesky .NET dudes to talk to your service(s).
Chapter 6 is one of the most complex ones. Touché for sure since it deals with complex data structures. One tip - edit the WSDL manually - don't use the wizard.
Chapter 7, 8 and 9 deal with sending binary files, invoking lengthy operations and signing and encrypting SOAP messages. Chapter 9 is not really all new knowledge but it is worth noting how to encrypt data in Web Services.
Chapter 10 - the best for last - Spring Framework. Though short the chapter points out how to use Spring in a web services environment. Spring is a vast topic and there are many ways to develop web services in Spring; so the book shows you an example.
Well, Kent, the second edition rocks.
My advice - Buy it if you want to build services usign Axis2 Quickly.
This was my first major web services project and we needed to use a range of security features for it. This book helped me get up to speed much faster than I would have without it - there's a lot to learn to get your first production web service going: WSDL, object models, WS-Security, public key infrastructure, etc. This book walks you through all of in a way that gives you a reasonable change of getting your own service working. And there are techniques for helping you figure out what the problem is if you can't get it working.
I purchased the pre-publication PDF and there were some parts that could have used better editing.
More presentation on how Axis2 works behind the scenes would have been nice, but there is still lots of good practical material here.