Web Services themselves are language-independent; you can write them in Java, C#, or, in theory, any language. However, at the heart of Web Services are three protocols for making code modules known to each other and for facilitating communication among them. UDDI, SOAP, and WSDL: The Web Services Specification Reference Book contains, verbatim, the standards documents that define these three programming tools, as originally published online by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and UDDI.org. Specifically, the document list includes all the schema documents and Application Program Interface (API) references that define how the standards work (a dozen papers in total). The editor has added no content of his own, choosing instead to let the standards documents stand together as a definition of Web Services.
Certainly, you can get every one of these documents on the Internet, completely free of charge. The value in this work is in convenience. Everything is uniformly formatted and printed out for you, with a table of contents that spans all 12 documents. It's pretty handy if you have a need to cite chapter and verse on some aspect of SOAP messaging or UDDI indexing. However, this book would be significantly more valuable if it had an index that spanned all the documents. Such a feature would allow you to, for example, quickly see what different specifications say about MIME binding. As it is, there's no book-wide index at all. Similarly useful would be a searchable version of the document collection on CD-ROM or on a Web site. That would allow you to do the same thing. --David Wall
Topics covered: The standards documents that define Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) 1.0, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1, and Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.1.
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The one-stop reference to the three standards driving the Web services revolution.
- Official standards from the UDDI Community (UDDI.org) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- Handy, authoritative complement to any book on Web services technology
- Forget long Web downloads: Get authoritative answers fast!
Web services are some of today's hottest Internet development technologies. UDDI, SOAP, and WSDL are the key specifications driving that revolution. For the first time ever, an authoritative one-stop technical specification reference exists in printed form for every developer who intends to use these standards. UDDI, SOAP, and WSDL: The Web Services Specification Reference Book presents the official text of all three standards from the UDDI.org and W3Cconveniently organized, formatted, and fully indexed.
A perfect companion to any other book on Web services technology, this is your definitive standards referencealways at hand, with no time-consuming Internet downloads needed.
Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) 1.0: The platform-independent, open framework for describing services, discovering businesses, and integrating business services across the Internet
- Executive and Technical White Papers, Programmer's API, Data Structure Reference, and XML Schema 1.0 Specification (both 1999 and 2001 versions)
Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1: The XML/HTTP-based lightweight protocol for accessing services, objects, and servers, and creating rich, automated Web services based on a shared and open Web infrastructure
- SOAP Specification, External Hyperlinks Reference, Envelop Schema Specification, and Encoding Schema Specification
Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.1: The XML-formatted language designed to describe the capabilities of any Web Service
- WSDL Specification and External Hyperlinks Reference
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:already outdated, April 8, 2005
Specifically, there has been a buildout of Service Oriented Architecture, due to significant interest by many developers. Also, a new language has emerged - Business Process Execution Language. This was in response to people using WSDL and finding that while it adequately described a given Web Service, it had a harder time with more involved business logic. And with trying to aggregate multiple Web Services into a larger, dispersed entity. While one method might have been to upgrade WSDL, instead, BPEL was chosen. Starting afresh. But using WSDL and the ideas learnt from it.
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