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Professional XML Web Services
Professional XML Web Services (Paperback)
by Vivek Chopra (Author), Zaev Zoran (Author), Gary Damschen (Author), Chris Dix (Author), Patrick Cauldwell (Author), Rajesh Chawla (Author), Kristy Saunders (Author), Glenn Olander (Author), Francis Norton (Author), Tony Hong (Author), Uche Ogbuji (Author), Mark A. Richman (Author)
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Editorial Reviews
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

Book Description
Web Services are self-describing, modular applications. The Web Services architecture can be thought of as a wrapper for the application code. This wrapper provides standardized means of: describing the Web Service and what it does; publishing it to a registry, so that it can easily be located; and exposing an interface, so that the service can be invoked - all in a machine-readable format. What is particularly compelling about Web Services is that they can be accessed by any client that understands XML, regardless of the platform, language, or object model.

This book provides a snapshot of the current state of these rapidly evolving technologies, beginning by detailing the main protocols that underpin the Web Services model (SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI), and then putting this theory to practical use in a wide array of popular toolkits, platforms, and development environments.

The technologies presented in this book provide the foundations of Web Services computing, which is set to revolutionize Distributed Computing, as we know it.

This book covers:

  • The architecture of Web Services - past, present, and future
  • Detailed explanation of SOAP 1.1
  • An overview of SOAP 1.2
  • IBM Web Services Toolkit and Microsoft SOAP toolkit 2.0
  • Other SOAP implementations in Perl, C++, and PHP
  • Java Web Services with Apache SOAP
  • WSDL 1.1, UDDI 1.0, and 2.0
  • Creating and deploying Web Services using .Net
  • Building Web Services using Python
  • Applying security at both transport and application levels

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  • Product Details
    • Paperback: 1000 pages
    • Publisher: Wrox Press; 1st 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: 3.5 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: based on 11 reviews.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    Great Book for Learning about Web Services, October 29, 2001
    By Randal Burgess (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews
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    This book is another quality edition to the Wrox library. If you are thinking about buying this book, make sure you have some knowledge about XML, since the authors don't delve too much into the basics of XML. However, XML is a huge piece of the Web Services mix.

    Be ready to learn some new tech jargon and to memorize and decipher a plethora of acronyms (SOAP, UDDI, XML, etc.) but Web Services are very likely the future of distributed programming, so the knowledge is very valuable no matter how long it takes you to figure it all out.

    The only other possible downer about this book is that some of the specifications the authors detail are not full recommendations by the W3C and are subject to change...but my take is that after you learn the technology once, the changes you will see with final drafts are not drastic enough to require further learning.

    0 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    Navtrak Must use only this book., January 16, 2006
    Since Chris Dix works at navtrak and they have problems with web services working. They must be using only this book. Navtrak is the worst.

    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    What a rushed job!, December 6, 2001
    By "ken64k" (Menlo Park, CA) - See all my reviews
    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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    Dated, but still valuable
    I realise this book is now out of date, and therefore not relevant to much of what is happening in the Web Services world. Read more
    Published on July 26, 2004 by C Ferrenzo

    Very Poor Book!
    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... Read more
    Published on July 10, 2002 by Robi Sen

    I gave up on Web services after reading this book!
    I would rather wait for the tech to mature for better quality books. I got lost and never proceeded to read after a few
    initial chapters. Read more
    Published on April 9, 2002

    A pretty good anthology about web services
    This is a pretty good anthology about web services, with a number of different topics covered in depth. Read more
    Published on March 2, 2002

    The Best Web Services book currently available
    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). Read more
    Published on December 19, 2001

    Good overall Web services intro book
    I am totally new to Web services, and know not a lot about XML. This book I found was for me a very nice general overall introduction to webservices. Read more
    Published on November 25, 2001 by Michiel Erasmus

    Mixed examples, and inaccuracy
    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. Read more
    Published on November 5, 2001

    One of the first books on this nascent subject
    Do you have to develop Web Services within the next few months? Then this is a good book to have.
    Remember, that this is a new technology and things seem to be changing at a... Read more
    Published on October 29, 2001 by Sridhar Guthula

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