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Professional XML Web Services Paperback – September, 2001

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Whatever your favorite programming language, Professional XML Web Services does a good job at explaining recent technologies and tools needed to understand and use Web services. Whether you are a developer or an IT manager, this book's wide-ranging perspective on some late-breaking standards and tools will help you design and code the next generation of Web applications.

The strong cross-language perspective is what distinguishes this title from the rest of the pack. The book surveys actual tools for developing Web services in C++, Java, Perl, Python, and Microsoft's new C# language (part of .NET). Short chapters survey what's out there for Web services developers, with options from IBM, Sun, HP, and Microsoft. If you are somehow convinced that one vendor has a head start with Web services, you'll think again after reading this volume.

The heart of this text is its thorough and approachable tour of core standards needed for Web services, from the innards of SOAP for sending messages between systems over HTTP or other protocols, to WSDL for describing Web services and UDDI for looking them up at run-time. The book does a good job at fixing a very fast moving target. (SOAP 1.1 is used here instead of the emerging 1.2 standard.) Besides the new .NET (and ADO.NET) on the Microsoft platform, there's also coverage of the older SOAP Toolkit 2.0. Sections on using Perl and Python will help bring fans of these popular Web development languages onboard with Web services.

The authors conclude with two larger case studies, an interesting remote file system exposed through Web services using Java, plus an auction database done in the new C#. Anchoring the discussion in what are sure to be the two most popular choices for Web services development helps ensure this text has a practical focus, too. With its range of coverage of what Web services are and the actual standards and tools used to implement them, this title is a perfect choice for learning what all the fuss is about. It's all anyone needs to start designing and coding with Web services using many of today's most popular programming languages and tools. --Richard Dragan

From the Publisher

This book has been selected by the editors of Wrox Press to be part of the Wroxbase website.

This book is for developers wanting to learn what web services are, and how to create, register, and deploy them. In teaching the core technologies, we assume knowledge of XML from the outset.

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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to programmer
  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; illustrated edition edition (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861005091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861005090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,388,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wow! This is yet another example of publishers sacrificing book quality for the desire to get something out to market quickly. I have truly enjoyed reading some Wrox books, e.g., Java Server Programming. For these types of book the "one author per chapter" model works out OK because the topics are independent. In this case, the results are terrible. The text has poor flow. There is lots of repetition because, apparently, the authors have not communicated well. There are many inconsistencies and bugs in the examples. Also, there is hardly a developer out there who needs to build web services on .NET and J2EE and using C++, Perl and Python. Pick a platform and focus. Teach me something real. For example, the book talks about the Apache SOAP engine. Well, anyone familiar with the Apache web service efforts knows that Apache SOAP is deprecated in favor of Apache Axis (their next gen web service engine). I'm hoping that "Building Web Services with Java" (still not out) is going to do the right for me but I'm not optimistic. Please, someone write a good book on web services that combines theory and practice in a single easy to read package.
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This is a good intro to various topics related to web services, probably the best one available so far (admittedly a pretty small field at this time). It covers the standards behind the technology and proceeds to practical working examples of how to put web services into use. There is some coverage of projected future technologies, but mostly sticks to systems that are currently available (skipping, for example, Apache Axis). The author-per-chapter approach means the chapters are somewhat independent, so you can select a topic of interest and go right to that chapter, without having to read everything that came before it. On the other hand, it means some material is covered in multiple places in the book.
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I realise this book is now out of date, and therefore not relevant to much of what is happening in the Web Services world. However, when I first read it, it did help me get an understanding of some of the more important Web Services fundamentals. The tutorials on WSDL and SOAP especially were useful to me, as were the comparions of the various vendor toolkits that implemented SOAP messaging. There may be more current books out there, but if you can get a used or discounted copy of this title, it's still worth it.
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This book is poorly written and organized. While a few chapters and topics are treated well enough most of the content is jumbled and confused and one wonders if the authors in some places actually understand their topics. There are too many good books such as the ORielly books or the Sams book on Web Services to even bother with this book. Skip it and spend your more money on another book.
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By A Customer on November 5, 2001
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This is the first of what promises to be a slew of new books coming out on Web Services. As the first book out I guess it's what you'd expect from a book rushed to press. The examples are frequently flawed. If you're already familiar with most of the technology, or you're willing to read the documentation of the WSTK and various Apache documents along with this book you'll find this book a good primer. However, if you're new don't go for this book. The examples tend to be a mixed jumble flowing from COM, Java, NET and even Perl occasionally with in the same example. If you're planning on using all those technologies (and have them all set up) you might be ok. However, if you just want to build a Java webservice, well this isn't the book for you.
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