Newcomer's work looks and reads almost like a notebook, with succinct statements in the margin (for instance, "SOAP processors first have to check the mustUnderstand attribute, if any"), adjacent to paragraphs that go into greater depth. He's careful to call attention to differences among the relevant standards documents, and points out differences among implementations. Graphical learners may wish for more conceptual diagrams, as there aren't a lot of them here. Newcomer's prose is brilliant, though, and it's pretty easy to determine what he means. Perhaps best of all, Newcomer isn't cheap with his opinions and forecasts. It's helpful to read his informed feelings and predictions. --David Wall
Topics covered: The specifications, implementations, and popular trends that define the Web services movement. Conceptual coverage of Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) protocol fills these pages. Emphasis is on how it all works rather than on how to program for it.
I have been thrown into the web services technology without a parachute and this book has helped to put things into perspective. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Barry Svee
This book is about the data side of XML as opposed to the document side. It is the first excellent (and mature) one I read so far. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by ws__
Very nice book. I have been following some great technolgies over the last 10 years. With Web services, I was overwhelmed with the bundle of various APIs, tools, standards,... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Prasad Reddy
You must have a very good understanding of XML, WSDL, SOAP, AND UDDI and html code. The book explains everything from the point of view of a programmer/developer.Published on Nov. 13 2003 by JerryA
An excellent book for any business or IT executive that really needs to understand the concepts and implications of Web services. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Craig Anderson
i'm very disappointed after reading the book. the contents were "OK" and explained technical details; however, it completely lacks why you would ever use web services,... Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by "john0505"
I would like to learn more things in detail so i think this book is not meant for me. otherwise good for beginners who want to wade in these murky waters of web services.Published on May 15 2003
This book is very thorough. I thought that it was an excellent source of knowledge about the world of web services. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by David Swaw
I'm buying web services books like mad it seems. This book is nicely written, OK authority and accuracy (given the 2 book or so
book back ground I have so far) but ZERO code. Read more