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Web Services Essentials (O'Reilly XML) 1st Edition

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"This book is not supposed to be a thorough guide to RPC using XML... however, if you're just getting started creating apps which interact with a remote server over HTTP, using any of the languages, then it gets you started with the fundamentals without confusion or jumping in too deeply without sufficient background knowledge of the procedures used." Verdict: Useful coverage of many aspects of XML service creation if you're unfamiliar with many of the languages. 8/10 Linux Format, August 2002 "This book as a whole covers its material as you would expect. If you are wanting an introduction to creating web services, then it is a good place to start. It assumes a familiarity with Java and XML, and these are covered comprehensively elsewhere in the O'Reilly stable. Overall, it is a solid introduction to web services." Joel Smith, news@UK, December 2002

About the Author

Ethan Cerami is a Senior Software Engineer at the Center for Computational Biology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science at New York University. He is the author of Web Services Essentials (O'Reilly), and is currently hard at work on "XML for Bioinformatics" (O'Reilly).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8173663394
  • ISBN-13: 978-8173663390
  • ASIN: 0596002246
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is based on obsolete specifications and older SOAP implementation which is not even available for download. The Apache SOAP is already a piece of junk and Apache recommends to use Apache Axis (which is not in the scope of this book). All other implementation examples such as XMethods and UDDI4J are also obsolete as well. The APIs are already deprecated and the code discussed does'nt make any sense.
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"Web Services Essentials" provides an excellent, concise overview of the complicated world of web services, and makes sense of the alphabet-soup jargon of SOAP, XML-RPC, UDDI and WSDL (as well as more obscure protocols). With web services appearing to be the "next big thing" in web development, this book is a must-read for any developer looking to introduce him/herself to the technology, as well as for the technically-minded manager who may soon be responsible for implementing web services. Clear writing and relevant examples make this an enjoyable as well as an informative read.
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Webservices is relatively new technology,but there is unusual hype around every
protocol associated with webservices,say XML-RPC,SOAP,UDDI,WSDL.
Ethan Cermani,author of the book writes lucidly about every aspect of these technologies.
His approach to this book is so planned;he got text book style of writing ie sentences are
pithy -filled with meaning,no nonsense explanations,no unnecessary elaborations,to the point
almost clinically precise.
"A webservice is anyservice that is available over the Internet,
uses a standardized XML messaging system,and is not tied to any
progrmming language or operating system." also "A webservice
is self describing via common XML grammar,and discoverable
via a simple find method".author summarises whole scenario in
handful of words!!
He divided the whole book into 9 chapters,introducing XML-RPC
SOAP,WSDL,UDDI and other W3C issues,evolving security standards
in the first chapter giving panoramic over view of webservices.
In remaining 8 chapters he delved deep into all the topics he introduced.
He dedicated 3 chapters for SOAP Essentials which is needed,
Which is Standardized XML message system to be used in Webservices.
Before this there is one chapter covering in-depth
much sought after XML-RPC;with equal diligence he uncovers WSDL
in one chapter which is essential in describing webservices.
Finally he finishes the book with thorough coverage of UDDI ,
(in 3 chapters)which is essential in discovering webservices.
For SOAP examples he followed APACHE implementation,which is
open source readily available over net for free download.covered
GLUE clearly,under WSDL invocation tools.
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When it comes to computer books, we have all seen it before: a couple of books with a catchy title are successes, the publisher then wants to continue leverage the
name recognition and comes out with other books that have the same word in the title. Even those friendly folks at O'Reilly Publishing seem to be guilty of this problem; exactly how large does a book have to get before it is no longer a 'nutshell'? "Web Services Essentials" might sounds like just such a title. At a not very thick 278 pages I wondered how much territory this book would cover. Would it be too high level or detailed but not cover the territory. As a long time Java developer, reader of the industry press and president of the Utah Java Users Group I have seen my share of overviews and introductions. I am pleased to report that theWeb Services Essentials lives up to it title. It is an impressively compact overview of the essentials of Web Services, but including the enough detail down to working code.
I have seen lots of computer books including many from O'Reilly, but I rarely find one that is such a clean straight forward introduction to the material as Web Services Essentials. I was pleasantly surpised and found it to be just the book I needed to get to the level of working examples of Web Services using Java. This book lived up to it title, serving well it role as small book containing just the essentials including working code and complete examples of the various XML documents and Java APIs involved in the world of Web Services.
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I bought this book for my Kindle today and was enjoying it until I tried to access the first example web site it pointed out. The URL doesn't work, and there's no errata published for it.

That was when I finally noticed THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 2002, nearly 10 years old.

I should have done a better job of due diligence, but really either the book should be updated so the examples work or it should be withdrawn.

Just to be clear my issue is not with the age of the book-- It's that the links are stale and they (all that I tried) don't work. The information presented may still be true but there's no way to check your understanding of what you've read.

Gave it a 2 star rating on the assumption that what it says is still true, a big assumption after so long.
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