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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers (Developmentor Series) Paperback – September 17, 2002

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From the Back Cover

"You are holding in your hands my favorite book on Web services and .NET. What else can I say? Buy this book now, and be prepared for a new way of coding!"
—Keith Ballinger, Program Manager for XML Web Services, Microsoft

"If you've been searching for a book that goes beyond the Web services hype, and distills the benefits of the actual platform, look no further, you've found the right one."
—Aaron Skonnard, Instructor and Author, DevelopMentor

Real World XML Web Services is the Visual Basic programmer's definitive guide to designing and building Web services. It provides developers with a comprehensive understanding of Web services, covering everything from basic concepts and solutions to interoperability problems. This book begins with a concise and practical introduction to Web services and the foundation on which they are built, including Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). Readers learn, by example, how to use each tool for developing Web services, starting with the SOAP Toolkit and the .NET framework.

Visual Basic programmers discover how to:

  • Use XML Schema to define Web service messages
  • Use SOAP for messaging and Remote Procedure Calls (RPC)
  • Read and modify WSDL documents
  • Build Web services with the SOAP Toolkit
  • Create and invoke Web services using the .NET framework
  • Implement SOAP headers and use SOAP Fault
  • Develop interface-based Web services
  • Handle data in .NET Web services, including objects, arrays, and DataSets
  • Use SOAP extensions to build reusable infrastructure for security and compression
  • Use Universal Description Discovery and Integration (UDDI) at design time and run time
  • Understand the architecture of other popular toolkits, such as Apache SOAP for Java, and learn how to solve interoperability problems

The book closes by walking the reader through the creation of a Web service with .NET and Visual Basic 6 clients. Real World XML Web Services empowers Visual Basic programmers to design and build the next generation of applications using Web services.


About the Author

Yasser Shohoud is an independent software architect and trainer specializing in XML Web services. He has worked as a systems engineer for IBM and a chief architect for Best Software (now Sage Software). A Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for ASP.NET, Yasser speaks regularly at industry conferences including VSLive! and VS Connections, and his articles appear in Visual Studio Magazine, XML Magazine, and MSDN Magazine. Yasser also publishes a monthly .NET Web Services newsletter online at LearnXmlws.com.


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Product Details

  • Series: Developmentor Series
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201774259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201774252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,022,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very concise and clear. Don't care about the use of VB and VB.NET. If you are a managed C++ or a C# developer, you'll appreciate a lot the information on this book -in the same manner than a VB/VB.NET developer would. The title fits to the book perfectly: it's all about making XML WebServices to work in practice. It starts with the basics, covering in some depth XSD, WSDL and SOAP (chapters 2, 3 and 4) -very useful reading, really.
Chapter 5 talks about the Microsoft SOAP Toolkit. It's the less useful for me, but maybe for those wanting to publish COM components as Web Services this chapter is a must.
In chapter 6 the author explains you the basics of creating web services with .NET and the advantages of creating them with ASP.NET. Useful topics such as data caching, distributed transactions, namespaces and parameter encoding are covered in a very straight-to-the-point manner. I loved this chapter, in spite that it's not very long. Chapter 7 follows, explaining how to use SOAP headers in your web service and your clients. There you'll learn how to easily extend your web service's calls with custom SOAP headers -which can be used to pass custom information between the client and the server. Very useful examples in VB.NET.
In chapter 8 the author explains how to implement interfaces in web services -even, how to implement more than one interface by a single web service. I've found this chapter to be a very interesting one, since I come from the COM world and I really wanted this feature of implementing multiple interfaces to be available in web services. I didn't know I could do this -although I had already tried to "patch" it with my own implementation.
Chapter 9 is worth the price of the entire book.
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I purchased this book from Amazon mainly relying upon the reviews written by other people. As it turns out I can only assume that the other reviews were paid for either by the author or by the press.
The book is REALLY HARD TO READ, we are talking as dry as the sphinx's arm pit. The CD rom that comes with it contains the examples, however these are a mish-mash of VB6 and some .Net neither of which run easily. The .Net versions require updating in Visual Studio and can have some odd results. Some examples are even written with the server component in VB6 and the client in .Net - confusing to say the least.
If you want to learn how to practically implement a Web Service using VB then you should NOT look at this book. Most of the first 4 chapters are all about XML schemas and what they mean - with no "Real World" examples of how to create them in VB just the code of the schemas already created.
And another thing there is a large chunk of information about a "Real World" authentication and encryption implementation, however and I quote "I recommend that you use off-the shelf security implementations" - The author wouldn't even use this code! Microsoft has a Web services extension designed for authentication which the author doesn't mention anywhere.
Very disappointment to have spent good dollars on this book. I will be trying desperately to get my money back from Amazon.
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The term 'web services' has been bandied around so long without anything the general public has seen to show for it, they probably shouldn't be blamed for wondering if it's anything more than vapourware. As developers of course, just the increase in system interoperability is enough to warrant continuing research time into the topic, and with Microsoft, IBM, Sun and a host of others backing web services, it's not going to go away.
As a DevelopMentor branded book, Yasser's tome seemed as good a place as any to start learning about web services and I'm happy to say that it doesn't disappoint. Even though I'm a C# fan and his examples are exclusively in VB .NET or VB6, the text is easy to follow and packed with useful information and tips obviously gained from lengthy immersion in the subject.
Chapter 1 is a quick introduction to the web service base platform, the standards it comprises, how they've been derived and how to write your first web service. It concludes with a short piece on when and when not to use web services. Essentially just an introduction to topics that are covered in the rest of the book, it's a quick 101 on the subject.
Chapters 2 to 4 look in greater depth at three of the standards that make up the base platform - XSD, SOAP and WSDL. At 160 pages for the three topics, they are unsurprisingly covered in great detail and in a clear manner that leaves you with only thoughts of what to write first instead of the questions the chapters haven't answered. Sometimes the answers are in between the lines for you to figure out yourself but they are there.
With the base technologies out of the way, Chapters 5 and 6 demonstrate its two 'web service toolkits', the SOAP Toolkit for COM developer and the .asmx functionaltity that's part of ASP.NET.
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....get this one I can't think of a better book on Web Services, even if you aren't a VB developer. Yasser puts together just the right mix of theory, technical data, and real-world examples.
For a book that's only about 500 pages, he packs in an incredible amount of good information. Not only will you learn (and actaully understand SOAP), but you'll learn all about important topics like interface-based Web Service development and Web Service interop using non-MS SOAP APIs.
It's great material for both begineer and veteran alike. Run and buy it now!
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