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Web Services Essentials (O'Reilly XML)
by Ethan Cerami

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Intended for developers familiar with Java and XML, this guide overviews XML remote procedures calls (XML-RPC), the simple object access protocol (SOAP), universal discovery description and integration (UDDI), and the web services description language (WSDL), and provides sample XML-RPC code written in Java and Perl, an introduction to programming Apache SOAP, and quick references to the UDDI inquiry API and the UDDI4J API. Cerami is a software engineer at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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As a developer new to Web Services, how do you make sense of this emerging framework so you can start writing your own services today? This concise book gives programmers both a concrete introduction and a handy reference to XML Web Services, first by explaining the foundations of this new breed of distributed services, and then by demonstrating quick ways to create services with open-source Java tools. The book explores four key emerging Web Services technologies:
  • XML Remote Procedure Calls (XML-RPC)
  • SOAP - The foundation for most commercial Web Services development
  • Universal Discovery, Description and Integration (UDDI)
  • Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
For each of these topics, Web Services Essentials provides a quick overview, Java tutorials with sample code, samples of the XML documents underlying the service, and explanations of freely-available Java APIs. The book also includes a guide to the current state of Web Services, pointers to open-source tools and a comprehensive glossary of terms. If you want to break through the Web Services hype and find useful information on these evolving technologies, look no further than Web Services Essentials.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; 1 edition (February, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0596002246
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces. (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: based on 12 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank in Books: #45,049
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Highly readable, highly useful introduction, April 19, 2002
Reviewer:B. Pomeroy "bpomeroy54" (Sewell, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
"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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Perfect reading to get started, January 15, 2003
Reviewer:Foti Massimo (Savosa Switzerland) - See all my reviews
An introduction to all the main technologies involved in Web services, with a high level coverage of XML-RPC, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. The book includes a good range of working examples and can be the perfect reading to get started on this topic

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Obsolete and belated book, July 30, 2003
Reviewer:Prasad Reddy (Cambridge, MA) - See all my reviews
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Excellent starting point when dealing with web services, April 21, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
This book is really an excellent one for programmers who want to start with web services. It gives a compact overview of XML-RPC, SOAP, UDDI and WSDL. Especially Java programmers will find some good code listings. But don't expect more than an introduction to web services.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

All bones, no meat, April 20, 2003
Reviewer:Robert Hostetter (Lititz, PA United States) - See all my reviews
This book is really lacking on much useful information. It's mostly a high-level overview. For anyone seriously interested in web services I'd recommend getting a different book!

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Concise and Practical, January 6, 2003
Reviewer:Chanchal Gupta (Schenectady, NY United States) - See all my reviews
An excellent software book that I have read in years. It is too the point and explains all the topics nicely and has good enough examples to get you started right away.

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