A guided tour of the resources and technologies you need to create simple B2B exchange systems
Building B2B Applications with XML
To take advantage of new opportunities in the trillion-dollar B2B marketplace, you need to find out why XML is fast becoming the backbone of ecommerce and B2B enterprise solutions. This book cuts through the hype surrounding the recent surge in B2B development and arms you with the freely available technologies you need-such as XML, HTTP, and MIME-to create effective B2B applications. Among the simple Java programs in the book are examples that show you how to transport documents, digitally sign and verify documents, and log document exchanges.
You'll also learn: * How to move documents with hands-on examples of HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 * How to encrypt and sign B2B documents using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and XML Signatures * Why ebXML (Electronic Business XML) is poised to become a vital global standard for business communications * How to create orders and invoices using Commerce One's xCBL (XML Common Business Library), the largest B2B collection available * How to manage catalog data with Ariba's cXML (Commerce XML)-one of B2B's most mature vocabularies * How Microsoft is banking on Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) as a messaging envelope for business documents and passing method calls * How to package business documents with Microsoft's robust SOAP implementation, BizTalk * The companion Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/fitzgerald features: * Java code from the book, plus additional Java programs and resources * Links to XML and related recommendations and drafts, XML vocabularies and protocols for B2B, and other associated standards such as RFCs * Information on RosettaNet, the electronic component industry's B2B solution "Fitzgerald would be excellent background reading for the legal teams" (Computers and Law, April/May 2002)