Building Web Services with Java: Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI Paperback – Dec 12 2001
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From the Publisher
The Web Services model requires developers to approach enterprise and Internet application development in a radically different way. Developers are scrambling to make sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and the other technologies that make up this new paradigm.
Key Benefits: --Incredible group of authors from all corners of the Web Services technology sector.
--Details the design and implementation of a production-quality Web Services solution.
--Illustrates both the new aspects of the Web Services paradigm and the ways in which the new model augments existing systems
--Addresses key issues such as security, working with heterogeneous systems, and the open source nature of the SOAP engine.
--Based on the emerging Soap 3.0/Axis implementation and discusses its relationship to the W3Cs XP project.
From the Back Cover
Building Web Services with SOAP, XML, and UDDI assumes proficiency with Java and with distributed computing tools. Throughout the book, examples will be presented using Java and the Apache SOAP platform, although a set of sidebars will address .NET development, which Microsoft developers will use to deploy Web services. The book uses progressive disclosure to present an increasingly complex project as it moves through its development cycle. The final section of the book presents linking the completed project with other systems built in J2EE and .NET.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I was thinking about the value of older computer books the other day and I realized, sometimes the perspective is different in an older book so things that are no longer explained much are discussed with more detail. For example, a 1996 book on learning Java is obviously of no value, right? Well I thought so also. Then as i was going to toss it, I read the last chapter describing in great detail how Java works under the hood. I have NEVER seen such a complete techincal discussion down to the bits and bytes in any other book. And those things are still true today. So an older book can go into details you may not find in a new book because things taken for granted now were being explained for the first time then. Keep the better older ones, they can still help you as this one did me.
I was very impressed by how this book gives an "honest" overview of Web Services and cautions against making unrealistic promises. Additionally the authors are to be commended for not over-focusing on their employers Web Services strategy - the authors are mostly from IBM.
This book is mainly for people who would like a deeper introduction on Web Services and sink their teeth on a number of examples. As with most technical books on new technologies, one cannot expect all the examples to work as described. Also some of the instructions given are more complicated than necessary. I would recommend using this book in conjunction with online research.
Despite the cautionary paragraph above, I highly recommend this book. You will be hard pressed to find another book of this caliber on Web Services
P.S If you are very new to Web Services, a good approach is to reasearch online first. Discover the different approaches i.e. Microsoft and "the rest of the world". Then start with this book and another on Microsoft as well. Launching straight into the book could be confusing.
For the hackers, this book does not go in sufficient depth to start the next enterprise Web Services project. Nor does it compare the approaches with analogous specifications, e.g. CORBA
UPDATE - Sept, 2003 - I recently received an email from a reader asking for an updated opinion of the book. There are now many more books on web services and also shifts in technical directions. The code given by this book will not work with the latest versions of Axis. Perhaps the authors will be coming up with a second edition.
on web services.Yet I have a suggestion to make.The chapters are too long.People like me,who read from cover to cover,would have prefered,say,three chapters on SOAP,WSDL,UDDI,and then and only then three more chapters on Advanced SOAP,Advanced WSDL,and Advanced UDDI.For people who do not read from cover to cover or who would use this book as a reference,this may not be so critical.
This book is unique in the sense that it takes an evolutionary approach to web services by considering where web services came from and where they are going.In this context,the last chapter on the future directions of web services is a very good quo vadis chapter.
It is very unfortunate that most popular books on computers take the opposite approach as if new ideas have no fathers and no sons.This is very dangerous because such an approach can only produce sterile bastards in name of new ideas.
I generally do not review books but with this first review I want to start breaking this rule.
Most recent customer reviews
Building Web Services with Java is available in a new edition, ISBN 0672326418, released July 2004 and currently available on Amazon. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Mike
I am a developer of web systems. I've owned this book for about six months now, and I've yet to find anything of any value in it. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Michael Mcgehee
This book is outdated. Buy either Developing Java Web Services (Wiley) or Java Web Services Architecture (Morgan Kaufman)Published on May 26 2003 by Melinda Harper
This was the best book on Web Services when it was released in 2001. More recent books by Wiley and MKP will serve you better.Published on May 4 2003
It's hard to read anything today without running into a lot of hype and buzzwords. This is especially true with Web Service technologies. Read morePublished on March 11 2003 by Eric Whipple
Very useful book for a technology and business consultant. Look forward to the next edition!Published on March 6 2003 by M. Coats
I read 5 books on Web Services using Java. This one is the best. The authors have comprehensive knowledge on Web Services. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Z. Meng
I recently started my first Web Services project and had some ramp-up to do with my knowledge on the subject -- I consider myself being pretty well into J2EE, but the... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003 by Lasse Koskela
This book is very much outdated. The content needs a revision ! Why not the authors update the book content and dump it in serverside.com to satisfy the late buyers like me ? Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by Philip Easton
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