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Microsoft® .NET XML Web Services Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft)) [Paperback]

Adam Freeman , Allen Jones
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3 Dec 2002 0735617201 978-0735617209 1

XML Web services are the next logical step in the evolution of the Internet. Teach yourself how to write and deploy XML Web services for Microsoft® .NET—one step at a time—with this modular, accessible tutorial. It delivers expert, task-based instruction plus a real-world XML service example to help you apply what you already know about Microsoft Visual C#™, Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET, and object-oriented programming so that you can learn XML Web services development at your own pace. Topics covered include:


  • XML Web services architecture
  • XML Web services protocols
  • Web Service Description Language (WSDL)
  • Discovering XML Web services


  • Writing .NET XML Web services
  • Testing XML Web services
  • Debugging XML Web services


  • Discovering XML Web services
  • Generating a proxy class
  • Creating clients that consume XML Web services
  • Consuming XML Web services asynchronously
  • Consuming XML Web services with HTTP


  • Managing XML Web service state
  • Securing XML Web services
  • Using data sets with XML Web services
  • Using SOAP headers

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (3 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735617201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735617209
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adam Freeman is a professional programmer and the author of two early Java books, Programming the Internet with Java and Active Java, both published by Addison Wesley, as well as Java course materials. His recent experience architecting a green-field e-commerce platform has given him an in-depth understanding of the current security challenges facing those developing large scale distributed systems. Adam has previously worked for Netscape, Sun Microsystems and the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Allen Jones has been developing Windows® solutions since 1990 and working with Windows NT and Win32 since 1993. He was one of the first MCSEs to qualify anywhere in the world. For the last 3 years, Allen has been developing e-commerce and security systems for large corporations and financial institutions. He is a former employee of Microsoft® in both Australia and the UK and co-author, with Adam Freeman, of C# for Java Developers and .NET XML Web Services Step by Step , both from Microsoft Press®.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Beginners/Intermediate Users 10 Jan 2005
By J S
I am currently building an XML Web Service as part of my Degree year project and have found this book an invaluable asset. I am totally new to Web Services and have limited programming experience but the author explains everything clearly and concisely and does not leave out those vital little steps as so many computer books do and which lead to you pulling your hair out in frustration. Having begged, borrowed and bought literally dozens of books on the subject I find this one to be far and away the most useful, particularly for those of you new to Web Services.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little hard for a beginner 21 Feb 2010
Perhaps it was just me but I found the book a little hard to follow as a beginner to web services, and you need to read far into it if you want to overcome any potential problems (namespaces withing the @Webservice directive caught me out). For example the section on uploading the webservices to IIS is barely a page long, if it doesn't work first time then it's back to google to find out what's wrong.

I eventually gave up reading and after watching a five minute youtube video on creating web services I had made and tested my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, and what the title says 3 April 2011
I've recently readed this book while travelling to and from work, and my goal was to learn more about Web Services, and precisely those that gave XML responses, so this book was a good candidate.

The book contains what it says: all about web services in .NET. This is good, because you can always have it as a reference book whenever developing web services. It covers SOAP, HTTP POST and GET protocols, ASMX web services and WSDL-created proxy classes, UDDI and DISCO files, state management, caching, session and state management, and even asynchronous examples.

The only "bad" thing about the book that I've found is the "STEP BY STEP" sub-header... At least in this book it means "complete examples in every chapter".
The book is 373 pages long (apart from the appendixes), at least one third of that being code examples. And of that 100+ pages of code, the majority is trivial basic WS code that seeing one is ok, twice maybe, but the third time you just skip to the bold part that marks the "important" code.

The authors could have avoided full samples from later chapters, instead only showing the relevant code snippets.

But anyway, as I started saying it is a recommended book to learn (or get deep into) .NET web services development.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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For a simple text format protocol XML can get very involved, however VB.Net hides all of this. Likewise wed services most be very involved, however VB.Net hides all of this too. VB.Net makes referencing a web service very easy, while writing them is a little more involved than a typical assembly. Luckily this book shows you how to get going from both the client and server point of view. People that want to know everything about everything could use this book as a primer and people that learn on a need to know basis can buy this as the be all and end all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SMOOTH-SAILING INFO-BOOK: FOR BEGINNERS 26 Mar 2003
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"Microsoft .NET XML Web Services Step-by-Step" is a straightforward text, which beginners and intermediates should enjoy learning from. Everything about this book (including its .NET Components coverage) is simplified. Anybody who has a vague understanding of XML and WSDL can cope comfortably with it. It is that reader-friendly!
The book offered flexible presentations on the correlations of XML and .NET programming. In fact, its primary objective is to enable readers understand the interdependence, which exist between the two technologies.
This is a fine, smooth-sailing, info-book; only that it has very little to offer non-beginners. Advanced learners need not waste money on it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tutorial for beginners. 30 Sep 2005
By Walid Magd - Published on Amazon.com
I am half way through the book and I like it. It is a good tutorial that will hold your hand and help you taking your first steps on the planet WebServices. The authors selected an interesting and practical example subject, validating credit card numbers, so you will not need a lot of coffee to keep you awake.

The examples are so simple, so if you are an experienced OO programmer, keep in mind that the goal was introducing the subject not implementing the code in the most elegant way.

On the other hand, the authors followed a naming convention from hell. I am not just talking about casing but also the logical selection of class names. For example, In chapter 6 the authors were explaining the subject of sending objects and returning objects from/to web service. So they built a class and named it "ValidationObject". I don't want to sound like an OO lawyer here but the class is not an object; Objects are instances of the class.

Anyway, I guess a name like "CreditCard" would've made much more sense, after all it is a credit card we are passing around. Variables were named like this x_object, o_card_type.

Personally, I couldn't continue without building a names map. I just recorded each name and to which object it was given on a piece of paper.

A word of advice; this is not the type of book you want to come back for a second read hoping that it will give you more understanding of the subject. So make sure you will take notes and summarize the important facts of each chapter.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview But Becoming Dated 16 May 2008
By S. Dunning - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a fantastic overview of how XML Web Services are encapsulated by the .NET platform and the services provided by the numerous APIs. It offers step-by-step examples that lead you through the various facets of producing and consuming Web Services. It does not delve too deeply into many of the services provided by .NET for bettor or worse.

Four years ago I would have rated this book a 4 star or higher, however, the examples are based upon legacy .NET 1.1 and Visual Studio 2003. Like myself, I would presume that the majority of developers are at least working with .NET 2.0 and VS 2005 now. In addition the current release of both is at 3.5 and 2008 respectively.

The core material of the book is still very much relevant. The examples for how to configure IIS, setup and copy web projects, and manipulate code in the IDE have changed significantly between product releases though. I didn't mind that much because it forced me to have to figure out how to apply the same task in the newer environment. For me that was OK, but beginners may be frustrated by that.

A few notes on the content and examples:

1. In the code exercises, I found that it would have been much more helpful to put the steps for importing classes (C# using / VB import statements) at the beginning of the code exercises instead of at the end so the person typing in the code could better make use of Visual Studio's Intellisense feature.

2. There was a lot of rote copy / retyping the same material from chapter to chapter. The author tried to minimize with copy instructions in each chapter. I felt as though the examples could have been modularized and reused better.

3. The Microsoft UDDI site that chapter 9 discusses no longer functions as described in the text. I skipped it completely.

4. Chapter 15 about consuming Web Services asynchronously was the one that probably had the most version differences between .NET 1.1 and 2.0. The way that callbacks are handled changed dramatically. This was once again a good learning experience for me to figure out how to make it work in 2.0

5. Code examples were generally good, however, the authors coding style for variable names was not all that intuitive. Maybe a short mention of naming convention would have been nice (e.g. what the 'p_' and 'x_' prefixes meant)

Overall, it is a good book and I would recommend it highly if you are still developing on .NET 1.1 / VS 2003, but less so if not. Hopefully, the authors will publish a newer edition sometime soon.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good intro to web services 5 Jan 2004
By .Net learner - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very good for an intro to web services
This books also gives good tips to debuggin in web services which I have not found in any book. All the examples work
except for the example which demonstrates integrated security,
which is a real shame.
This book took me 3 days to go through. I am very pleased with
the content.
As with most books this book lacks a real world implementation
at the end.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 6 Feb 2006
By Aaron Seet - Published on Amazon.com
As the suffix title suggests, this book _does_not_rush_ things; very obviously catered for novice developers, it slowly oozes out information a step at a time. The authors exhibit their virtuous patience by going into great lengths to introduce the technology concepts that support XML web services, complete with comprehensive diagrams. These base explanations facilitate a firmer foundational understanding that no developer of XML web services should do without.

Accompanying this conceptual theory are practical-driven chapters, each demonstrating a facet of web service development in the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. The instructions are so minutely explicit and clear, virtually taking the reader by the hand (so much so might annoy more seasoned developers), that building the examples listed are exceedingly easy tasks. And I do not mean that in a blind copy-and-paste manner; the baby steps are enriched with proper explanations to ensure readers have sufficient knowledge of why such a piece of code exists somewhere. Even the asynchronous and multi-threading chapter, a topic that most developers tend not to have a good grip on, is written with amazing clarity. The book's 16 chapters are incredibly easy to read and digest, possessing little (if not none) of that confusing wordy fluff that delivers nothing; this one goes straight to the point, short and sweet.

Sometimes however, short can also mean _truncated_. There are places where it simply stops and closes shop on the chapter when more demonstrations are expected. Take for example the fifth chapter, where it is supposed to show using web services with HTTP requests along (without SOAP). It explains alot about HTTP-GET and HTTP-POST, but only walks through a HTTP-GET practical. I felt omitting HTTP-POST would not fair well in the light of educating novices.

While on the flow of novice practices, it also strangely presents a mix of good and legacy (not necessarily bad) examples. The use of the StringBuilder class to append strings together is a good one, but continuing to code with "" and string.ToLower() show an affinity to past platforms. string.Empty and CaseInsensitiveComparer are respectively preferred choices in the .NET Framework practice.

Almost needless to state, even with the "Advanced" part of the book, one should not be expecting any serious deep topics or design patterns revolving web services here. But I couldn't help but feel it waste for such fantastic writing style not delivering something more that is usually arcane in other books. Who should be blamed for desiring more out of a delicious meal?

Great book to get developers started and up to speed with XML web services. But those looking to become _masters_ should read something else.

Good: Crystal clear explanations; easy following; great beginner material

Bad: Little to offer beyond the beginner; odd omissions; few legacy practices
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