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Professional Java Web Services [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Scott Cable , Jeelani Basha , Ben Galbraith , Mack Hendricks , Romin Irani , James Milbury , Tarak Modi , Andre Tost , Alex Toussaint

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30 Jan 2002 1861003757 978-1861003751 illustrated edition
Web Services is a major area for growth in the programming industry. Indeed Microsoft have staked their company on it, completely re-engineering the Windows platform for this purpose. In the Java world, a system for distributed, highly scalable, maintainable enterprise systems is already in place. The software engineer must merely add an additional layer, that of Web Services, in order to enable implementation independent cross application communication for distributed applications. This also means simpler enterprise application integration (EAI) through standard models for publishing, discovering, and binding to Web Services. This book teaches the core standards for Web Services today including SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI, giving practical advice on implementing Web Services in enterprise applications.

Professional Java Web Services concisely explains the important technologies and specifications behind web services. The book outlines the architecture of web services, and the latest information on implementing web services.

What does this book cover?

Architecture for web services

SOAP and Apache SOAP v.2.1

Web Service fundamentals (WSDL, UDDI, and ebXML)

Web-Service Enabling Existing J2EE Applications

SAP and web services

Web Services Security and Secure SOAP


Introductions to SunONE and AXIS

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This book is for professional Java developers who want to employ Java as the platform for their Web Services. The book assumes a good knowledge of Java and XML.

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Scott gained an MSc in Cognitive Science five years ago, and has been working with Internet technologies such as Java and XML ever since. He currently works as a consultant for a news and financial information provider. He can be reached at webservices@scottcable.com.

Ben Galbraith started programming in BASIC. The years since have included forays brief and extended in Pascal, C, Perl, Delphi, and yes, even Visual Basic. Unimpressed with Java Applets. An amateur historian and part-time businessman, Mr. Galbraith is currently free-lancing in the western United States.

Mack Hendricks currently works for Sun Microsystems within the iPlanet division as an Enterprise Support Account Manager. He has eight years of experience working in a number of different areas of computing. His technical interests include: distributing computing systems, XML, Java, datamining, object oriented design and operating systems.

Romin Irani is a Senior Software Engineer with InSync Information Systems, Inc in Fremont, California. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from University of Bombay, India. Romin spends most of his time researching Web Services technologies and products and writing about them. He welcomes your comments at romin@rocketmail.com.

Robert Kraai spends half of his waking hours hunched over a keyboard, pounding it to death as he produces Java code for EPIQ Systems, Inc., a software company in Kansas City, Ks. Since 1979, when Robert fell in love with his elementary school's first Apple II, he has pecked, pounded, and clicked through a multitude of programming languages, databases, and platforms.

James Milbery is a Principal with Kuromaku Partners LLC. He has worked with a diverse group of clients such as Oracle Corporation, William Blair Capital Partners and Allied Capital. He is also the Product Reviews Editor for SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal, XML Developer's Journal and Wireless Business and Technology.

Tarak Modi has been architecting scalable, high performance, distributed applications for over six years. His professional experience includes hardcore C++ and Java programming; working with Microsoft technologies such as COM, MTS, COM+, and experimenting with .NET; Java platforms including J2EE; and CORBA.

Andre Tost works as a Solution Architect for IBM's WebSphere Software Group in Rochester, Minnesota. In his current assignment, he helps IBM's strategic software partners to integrate with IBM middleware products. He started Java programming in early 1996 in the SanFrancisco project and has been developing in this language ever since.

Alex Toussaint is Director of Engineering for Vignette Corporation in Austin, Texas. He has over 10 years of software development experience and has extensive experience with Java since 1996 and J2EE technologies since 1998. Alex welcomes your email at alex_toussaint@yahoo.com.

Jeelani works as a Senior Software Engineer at Insync Information Systems, Fremont, California. He has a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and is a Sun Certified Java2 Programmer. His interest in programming led him from electrical engineering to software programming. He has more than 5 years of experience and has done various projects using J2EE technology.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Wrox product..... 3 April 2002
By Mr. D. S. Stadler - Published on Amazon.com
Wrox books tend to occupy a particular niche in the market. Wrox' strategy seems to be to be early into the marketplace with a book on a bleeding edge topic. Their 'Early Adopter' series is particularly aimed at this market, but so are many of their books. If something is wrong or superceded, Wrox will publish another book on the same topic, usually a bunch more books on the topic.
Wrox also tends to publish books with many authors. This makes their books spotty, though in theory it ensures expert knowledge of a wide range of topics. In practice I don't find it so. Certain chapters in any Wrox book will be effectively unusable.
The speed comes at a price in terms of proofreading and to the useful life of the books they publish. When I purchase a Wrox book I know what I'm getting. It's a book with a short useful life which will help get me started quickly on bleeding edge topics at the cost of some frustration and skullsweat.
Typically I will replace a Wrox book later on my learning curve when O'Reilly and other more careful publishers come out with their books. There is a place for books like these. Even if they aren't 100% accurate, they are timely and are rarely completely useless. I usually don't recommend them for beginning technologists for that reason.
This book was useful when I bought it but has now almost reached it's sell-by date.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does Wrox employ proofreaders? 1 Mar 2002
By Computer Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Perhaps my expectations are too great, but what I look for in a book is the ability to learn something by following reasonable instructions. This book's source code is pretty good and plentiful... but read on.
Where the trouble comes in is when you actually try to follow the setup and execution steps. Such a case is in the beginning of the book when one is supposedly shown how to configure Tomcat, SOAP and their related libraries... oh, and the wrong URLs. Do yourself a favor: just tear the pages out. Even when you get to the point where your first web service is deployed, you still can't get around the error messages until you do something which the book should most certainly have warned the reader about: restart Tomcat.
Look, I'm no expert, and this is the reason why I bought the book. In all fairness, it's likely that someone from Wrox will actually go through the steps himself and bang his head on the desk enough so that the second edition will deserve more credence in its instruction.
It was probably too late for the Java Web Services Developer Pack to be included in the book, so don't buy this book if you intend to focus on the pack, unless you're lucky enough to know the significant differences. Sorry gang, but this book went to the press prematurely.
Other than that, I still recommend it, with the aforementioned caveats having been considered. Wrox: replace your proofreaders... pleeeeeeez. I'm sure that the authors meant well and I still managed to learn quite a lot.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good breadth, bad depth on Java Web Services 20 Sep 2002
By J. Balderas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good book to familiarizing on how to implement web services using Java. What I found most valuable about this book is the coverage of AXIS, CapeStudio, SAP and J2EE.
As most other Web Services books, the chapters on SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and Web Services Security are very general and take up half of the book. If you're already familiar with these concepts these chapters are useless. Also as most web services related technologies are quickly evolving I would find this book quite outdated today.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing coverage of SOAP, WSDL, UDDI....Helpful Samples 2 April 2002
By N. Dinh - Published on Amazon.com
I have some gripes about this book:
*First of all, the explanation of SOAP, WSDL, UDDI gets quite confusing and convoluted. I had a hard time understanding the explanations given about these protocols, especially about how they are structured.
*The samples that cover Apache SOAP require the IBM web services toolkit 2.4. However, you can only download the 3.0 version of this toolkit from the IBM website. The 3.0 version is not compatible with the 2.4 version. In essence, you cannot run these samples.
*The security section of this book is only theoretical. No samples. (The reason given was that most of the security technologies are still in development).
Other than these gripes, this book will give you a broad understanding of the java web services so that hopefully, you can get started on implementing/deploying this new technology.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contents obsolete at publishing date 19 Mar 2002
By M. Bergijk - Published on Amazon.com
Thinking this would be a good book to be introduced into web services I ordered this book. It contains several chapters with examples. One chapter (7) inticed me to try the example. But when I downloaded the required software (IBM's wstk), it was a newer version. The chapter is not compatible with the new software, and that for a book that is available on the shelves for only two months.
I think it is a good book, should rate it on four stars. The use of outdated examples makes me rate it on (only) two stars.
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