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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors, 8 Oct 2002
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I have just spent about a week trying to get the "Hello, world" examples to work. Three problems:
1) The examples are full of errors. If you buy this book, check the "errata" page for the book on O'Reilly's web site before you try to test the examples.
2) There is very little explanation of how the examples are supposed to work. Therefore, if they don't work "off the shelf" - and they don't - then it makes it quite hard to get them running.
3) There isn't enough background (from my point of view, anyway) on the underlying technologies and how they interract to deliver SOAP, e.g. Web Servers, CGI, HTTP daemon, Perl, VBScript etc.
I am an experienced C++ programmer, but I am new to Web programming. If you are more familiar than me with Apache, IIS, CGI, Perl, VBS etc, OR if you are more of a manager type looking for an overview of the technology without wanting to get into the nitty-gritty of the examples, then perhaps your mileage with this book will differ from mine.
But I really can't recommend it.
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