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Programming Web Services with SOAP
by James Snell, Doug Tidwell, Pavel Kulchenko

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Book Description
The web services architecture provides a new way to think about and implement application-to-application integration and interoperability that makes the development platform irrelevant. Two applications, regardless of operating system, programming language, or any other technical implementation detail, communicate using XML messages over open Internet protocols such as HTTP or SMTP. The Simple Open Access Protocol (SOAP) is a specification that details how to encode that information and has become the messaging protocol of choice for Web services.

Programming Web Services with SOAP is a detailed guide to using SOAP and other leading web services standards--WSDL (Web Service Description Language), and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration protocol). You'll learn the concepts of the web services architecture and get practical advice on building and deploying web services in the enterprise.

This authoritative book decodes the standards, explaining the concepts and implementation in a clear, concise style. You'll also learn about the major toolkits for building and deploying web services. Examples in Java, Perl, C#, and Visual Basic illustrate the principles. Significant applications developed using Java and Perl on the Apache Tomcat web platform address real issues such as security, debugging, and interoperability.

Covered topic areas include:

  • The Web Services Architecture
  • SOAP envelopes, headers, and encodings
  • WSDL and UDDI
  • Writing web services with Apache SOAP and Java
  • Writing web services with Perl's SOAP::Lite
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) web services
  • Enterprise issues such as authentication, security, and identity
  • Up-and-coming standards projects for web services

Programming Web Services with SOAP provides you with all the information on the standards, protocols, and toolkits you'll need to integrate information services with SOAP. You'll find a solid core of information that will help you develop individual Web services or discover new ways to integrate core business processes across an enterprise.

Book Info
Detailed guide to using SOAP and other leading web services standards--WSDL, and UDDI. Decodes the standards, explaining the concepts and implementation in a clear, concise style. Softcover.


Product Details
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; 1 edition (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0596000952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.0 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces. (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: based on 14 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #101,075 in Books
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful:

Short examples doesn't get to the core..., March 19, 2002
Reviewer:"sergio_f" (Brooklyn, NY USA) - See all my reviews
This book would have been a great oportunity to get to the core to provide a
good set of examples of SOAP application development. Unfortunately it shows how hard is to get functionality of a SOAP app from
three differnt languages. It is a messy affair. One gets excited at the begining to see simple Perl implementations but then it starts with the Java mess and that other language... There are too many XML snippets thrown around without a careful presentation of the big picture. People who write on SOAP get all excited about the XML representation of the protol and forget completely that it is the programing API that counts: XML is not for human consumtion unless it is less than 10 lines long!!!!

The UDDI and WSDL stuff, forget it. It is easier to go and fetch examples from the web.

I hope the authors reconsider their approach and produce a really
really revised second edition including better overview the protocol (less on long XML listings) and sections on when does it make sense to use SOAP. So far this one is not a good one.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Disappointing and thin, August 16, 2002
Reviewer:Stephen J. Friedl (Tustin, California USA) - See all my reviews
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This book was a disappointment. I got thrown into an XML/SOAP project and had to get up to speed in short order. After struggling on my own for a while I bought this book hoping it would have lots of meat on actually using SOAP::Lite, but it had pretty thin coverage.

I did like the big-picture overview of the various technologies, but it was not very helpful in writing an actual SOAP client to talk to a third party's SOAP server. Considering that the author of SOAP::Lite also wrote this book, it seems to me that there could have been a whole chapter on SOAP::Lite from the client view.

This will stay on my shelf as a reference, but for getting up to speed rapidly on actually writing a SOAP client, it was a bust.

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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Complete rubbish, June 20, 2003
Reviewer:XML_Guru "kamran_shafiei" (Arlington, TX United States) - See all my reviews
I was so keen to learn from this book but no matter how hard I tried it was far more nonsence to be readable

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nice introduction, December 6, 2002
Reviewer:Wilfred Springer (Tricht, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
If you are new to SOAP and you want to get the overall picture, and you don't care for details, this is the book you need.
If you need a reference guide, this is not the book you want.
If you're looking for a book about SOAP on a particular platform (say Java), this is not the book you need.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nice introduction, December 5, 2002
Reviewer:Wilfred Springer (Tricht, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
If your pretty new at SOAP, and if you need an overview, then this is the book you want.
If you don't care about interoperability, and you just want a book on SOAP within a particular environment (say Java), then this is not the book you want.
If you need a reference guide, then you don't need this book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

No Nonsense Broad Introduction, August 5, 2002
Reviewer:ws__ (Hamburg, Germany) - See all my reviews
This book is a nice introduction to SOAP. It doesn't get caught in the Software wars and has examples of most existing systems. Another advantage: it is a thin book and not a 1000 pages bible. So you can easily read it in a weekend and then decide where you want to dig deeper (if necessary).

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