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Early Adopter Hailstorm (.NET My Services) [Paperback]

Dan Maharry , Robert Eisenberg , Jonathan Pinnock , P.G. Muraleedharan
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1 Oct 2001 186100608X 978-1861006080
Due for release in the second half of 2002, .NET My Services represents the first major release into Microsoft's .NET initiative since the .NET Framework beta was released in September 2000. Until recently known by the project name HailStorm, it is the first publicly available web services application platform to be released. This represents a true commitment by Microsoft to the ideals of developing the next generation of web service-based applications that are both language and operating system independent.

Early Adopter HailStorm looks at the first public release of .NET My Services Developer Edition, or HailStorm in a Box as it was called, dispelling the myths that have surrounded it since it was first announced, and how to develop against it. In particular, we look at creating HailStorm compatible SOAP messages, how XML standards-compliant this release is, and how information is added to, updated and deleted from the various services that it implements. Finally, a couple of case studies illustrate how HailStorm may be integrated into real world scenarios.

This book covers:

HailStorm as it will be in version 1.0
HailStorm as it is today
Using SOAP and XPath to talk to HailStorm
HailStorm Data-manipulation Language (HSDL)
Practical case studies

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186100608X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861006080
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,075,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to alpha software. 2 Dec 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book not only gives a good overview of the .NET My services subject but also has allot of background information as to the who, what, where, when and why of the subject.
It lets the business people out there know why .NET My Services is a huge opportunity at the same time as being targeted at developers with code samples and introductions to the underlying technologies that do/will support the technology (HSDL and XMI are explained).
This book is not the be all and end all of .NET My services and at the moment none of the books out there are.
For now this book does a good job and lets people plan ahead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Geek Stocking-Stuffer - Six Holiday Stars 22 Dec 2001
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Imagine a personal profile (personal database) with your mail, calendar, contacts, application settings, wallet and eight other services plus an unlimited number of web services done by third parties that is maintained centrally by Microsoft as a completely open platform for any certified web services developer to use for authentication, user setup, communications routing, chat, payment authorization and execution, etc. - a giant Mrs. Gates cookie to replace all others! That's HailStorm.
An alpha release called HailStorm in a Box, or HSiaB, is available now for developers wanting a head start. HSiaB runs only on your LAN with your HS server doing the work of the future Microsoft server. It's free on the Microsoft web site. HS is all implemented in SOAP and XML of course. HSiaB requires Windows 2000 and SQL 2000 and each of these is free in a trial version from Microsoft as well.
This is bleeding edge stuff and the name "in a Box" is reminiscent of the early (1994) exciting days of browsers when many of us got "Internet in a Box" from Spyglass, the holder of the first Mosaic commercial license. HSiaB is not a revolutionary event like Mosaic, but it is very significant.
The book is a quick 203-page guide to HSiaB with plenty of coded examples. This is great fun for the serious geek even if you hate the name Microsoft. You can pick it up and finish it in one sitting since the code can be comprehended without actually running it. Installing HSiaB (fully explained in the book) and running the code will give hours more of fun. Think of something so new that you actually do some setups from a command line. Bill must have hacked this together himself. Way to go, Bill!
Imagine getting excited about something like this during the holidays. I must be sick. I picked it up at 5:30 AM this morning and could not put it down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book is a little light in real information... 28 Feb 2002
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This book was a little light in practical information, as could be expected for a pre-beta book. If it were my money, I would wait and buy the MS Press Introduction to .Net My Services coming out this spring, since it will be based on the latest spring code release of the .NET My Services SDK. Hailstorm, or .NET My Services, does sound like a great idea, and I am looking forward to finding out more when the beta SDK goes public. That code will probably be more useful to a developer than the code in this book.
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