Web Services Essentials
Distributed Applications with XML-RPC, SOAP, UDDI & WSDL
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2002
Pages: 308

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.Web Services make it possible for diverse applications to discover each other and exchange data seamlessly via the Internet. For instance, programs written in Java and running on Solaris can find and call code written in C# that run on Windows XP, or programs written in Perl that run on Linux, without any concern about the details of how that service is implemented. A common set of Web Services is at the core of Microsoft's new .NET strategy, Sun Microsystems's Sun One Platform, and the W3C's XML Protocol Activity Group.In this book, author Ethan Cerami explores four key emerging 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. Cerami 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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This is a very good book for the novice of web service.

Except that I found an error in the example of XML-RPC, the Area example at page 40, the AreaServer.startServer method lacks an start(). it should be corrected to adding server.start() to start the webserver.

Otherwise, the book has a very clear description of web services, and I spent only 4 days from knowing-nothing to a webservice developer with this book.

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I am new to the web services and decade old to programming. This book starts with the introduction to web services and continues with xml-rpc and an example java. Next chapter is SOAP and has instruction to install and configure Apache SOAP and continues with WSDL and UDDI. Each chapter has enough examples in java to understand how to write each of the above components. I would say this is best book to introduce to web services.

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I was dissapointed by this book because it lacked any clear insight or coverage of the conceptual features of Web Services technology. I got the impression the author had little experience of other distributed RPC protocols/frameworks before coming to web services.

* Coverage of the difficult issue of marshalling objects between different languages and type systems was scare and scattered.

* Contained too many blocks of bland XML data and screenshots of Internet Explorer that added little value.

* Did not mention any problems/issues with Web Services technology, and came across a little evangelical.

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