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SOAP.Cross Platform Internet Development Using XML Paperback – 17 Aug 2001

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (17 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130907634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130907639
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,030,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Leverage the power of SOAP on any platform, with any leading programming language!

  • Integrate your enterprise applications across the Web!
  • The platform-independent guide to SOAP
  • SOAP programming with C++, Perl, C#, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Build an industrial-strength SOAP system from scratch
  • CD-ROM: SOAP for Windows, Linux and Unix, plus extensive source code library!
Technical Reviewers: Yves LaFon, Chair of the SOAP W3C Committee
John Montgomery, Lead SOAP Developer, Microsoft
Kent Sharkey, .NET Frameworks Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

SOAP is the universal "glue" that can integrate virtually any distributed system, helping enterprises streamline processes and communications across the Internet as never before. SOAP: Cross Platform Web Services Development Using XML is the practical, hands-on introduction to using SOAP on Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms, using any of five leading programming languages. Discover how SOAP leverages key Internet standards such as XML and HTTP to solve distributed computing problems that DCOM and CORBA can't! Coverage includes:

  • All the XML you need to get started with SOAP
  • SOAP's basic syntax: HTTP headers, SOAP payloads, error handling, data types, encoding structures, and more
  • Extending SOAP to support heterogeneous and legacy environments
  • SOAP programming with C++, C#, Perl, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Comparing today's leading SOAP servers

The last six chapters of this book present a start-to-finish SOAP case study application-from requirements and design through coding.

Whether you're constructing Internet applications, integrating existing applications within or between enterprises, or simply evaluating SOAP, this book contains the insights-and practical examples-you're looking for.


The accompanying CD-ROM contains complete SOAP implementations for Windows, Linux, and UNIX, plus all source code from the book.

About the Author

SCOTT SEELY has written extensively on Windows and UNIX/Linux programming, as well as on C, C++, and Visual C++, and he has recently joined Microsoft. He is author of Windows Shell Programming (Prentice Hall PTR).

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Cannot recommend this book. I'm sure the author knows plenty about SOAP - but fails to communicate it easily. I also did not want to go through the detail of developing a basic SOAP implementation from scratch - IBM, Microsoft, Apache are all doing that - it felt like lengthy filler. I wanted to understand how to use SOAP. I'm now waiting for the O'Reilly book...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is next to useless. It does provide a basic overview of SOAP but in a confused and unhelpful manner.
At the end of it, I felt I would not be able to do anything
in SOAP without reading more material/books. A
poor result from a book which claims to help you
understand. The book has a first draft feel to it, with
little concept of what the reader is likely to need.
For sure, Scott knows his stuff, but he doesn't know how
to get it across.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
In light of the other reviews of this book, I thought I should write a review to redress the balance. In my opinion, the customer reviews have so far missed the mark and misrepresented Seely's work.
First off, the writing style is a little informal but I find this makes the book far more accessible than the aforementioned O'Reilly tome. The introduction to SOAP is not confused or misleading. It deals with both topics succinctly as a theoretical primer for the practical examples that follow (some prior knowledge of both SOAP and XML is helpful).
Secondly, and crucially - this book is essential for C++ programmers wishing to develop SOAP applications. While Microsoft's SOAP Toolkit provides VB developers with a good
API, it does not really cater for C++ developers. Scott Seely provides a SOAP API with his book that removes the need for using COM & MFC and therefore avoids vendor lock-in. Using Scott's simpleSOAP library, developers can create fully functional SOAP client-server applications for use with their own systems.
Overall, this is an excellent PRACTICAL book, and an invaluable resource for C++ SOAP developers like myself. It is clearly written by a person who is an expert in his field (web services) and wishes to convey that expertise as simply as possible. Yes, it is light on theory, but getting weighed down with theoretical discussion is not the purpose of the book. It caters for C#, Perl, VB and Java programmers as well, but C++ developers in particular will find this book essential.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cross platform makes sense 15 Nov. 2001
By Tom Wiekowski - Published on
Format: Paperback
My boss wanted me to show him that something complex could be done using XML Web Services. I took about a day and a half to setup the case study from this book (case study is an auction web site that has a Linux box talking to Windows servers running both the SOAP toolkit and VS .NET Beta 2). He and his boss were amazed that something like that could be put together using XML. As an added bonus, the explanations of SOAP, WSDL, and the rest made it easy for me to explain what was going on under the covers.
Scott has some great stuff on MSDN as well. To get a feeling for his writing style, just look for his name there.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good book/not for beginning programmers 14 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a really good book and I learned a lot from it. After reading some of the reviews, I noticed that people seem to run hot and cold on this book. Since I loved it, I thought I could put in this word of warning: make sure you have done some actual development before grabbing this book. Scott assumes that you understand how to write code and glosses over a lot of that stuff. He does assume you know nothing about XML or SOAP and does an excellent job bringing the reader up to speed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Web Services coverage! 12 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've read the other positive reviews on this topic and they already say quite a bit about the book-- explains SOAP well, good XML primer, yadda yadda yadda. I learned quite a bit from this book. The thing this guy does that many authors don't do is he explains all the basics (fairly common) and then shows how everythiing works across C#, VB 6, and Java on *nix and Windows. Most authors cop out and stick with only Linux or only Windows. None of the books I've seen build an example that crosses the bridge.
Before buying this title, I highly recommend that you check out the At Your Service column on MSDN. Scott's a co-author on that column. If you like the writing style in his columns, you'll love the book. For more in depth writing, consider searching for his name and look for more articles. That's what I did.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great spec explanations! 12 Dec. 2001
By Carl Sizlack - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just a couple of quick comments:
1. The brief history that explains why SOAP was invented was handy in understanding where the need for SOAP came from.
2. Great job on explaining the only XML you need to know in order to understand SOAP. So far, the content has been dead on.
3. The book has given me a good understanding of how all this stuff works.
I grabbed this one because of Scott's interop article he did for MSDN. I figured that he had to learn the info somewhere-- this book must be the location. I hope he revs this one soon after SOAP v1.2 comes out. Hopefully, he'll also include info on the new WS-xxx specs that Microsoft is pumping out. If anyone can explain this stuff well, it's Scott!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Now it all makes sense! 12 Nov. 2001
By James Gonzales - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to figure out what all of this Web Service stuff is about. Scott writes for MSDN, so I figured that he must have a clue. As a prior reviewer noted, Scott goes into detail about the specifications. I read the SOAP spec and it is fairly difficult to read. Yes, he follows the specs fairly closely but he explains things in easy to understand terms and does a far better job explaining things than the SOAP or WSDL specs do.
I've been working on a web service for the past month now. Not surprisingly, I've had to dig into SOAP messages and WSDL whenever I was doing my interoperability testing. Thanks to Scott's book, I can actually understand what I'm reading.
The case study is a good read as well. Make sure to read it if only for the architectural guidance.
Almost everybody on my team bought a copy. Do yourself a favor. If you are starting a project that exposes or consumes a Web Service, include copies of this book for all devs in the budget. It'll be worthwhile.
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