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I'm sure that a search on Google or Yahoo on "web services" would turn up a long list of links where a web service is available for implementation by a developer.
However is there a website or list in the book that would point you in the right direction for good quality web services? Reviews possibly?
Are there any commercial web services out there that you subscribe to on a fee basis?
 
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Originally posted by John Hembree:
I'm sure that a search on Google or Yahoo on "web services" would turn up a long list of links where a web service is available for implementation by a developer.
However is there a website or list in the book that would point you in the right direction for good quality web services? Reviews possibly?
Are there any commercial web services out there that you subscribe to on a fee basis?

Try http://www.webservices.org it contains information on commmercial Web services providers.
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Thanks for the info, I had no idea that that was out there. I've heard of web services but have never really looked into them nor needed them for anything I've done on the job. I'll definitely be looking at them now though, they seem quite interesting.
 
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Originally posted by John Hembree:
Thanks for the info, I had no idea that that was out there. I've heard of web services but have never really looked into them nor needed them for anything I've done on the job. I'll definitely be looking at them now though, they seem quite interesting.


You may take a look at Amazon Web services from Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=ass_aws_/102-6058855-6377705?node=3435361
 
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I was thinking I might look into something at weather.com, I saw it posted in another message in this forum. My wife and kids are always asking about the weather so they know what to wear to school or work, despite the fact that we have cable and an internet connection where they could get the weather online. I thought I might give it a go at their web service. It would hopefully provide an easy interface for me to learn/play with and benefit them as well.
 
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Originally posted by Ramesh Nagappan:

You may take a look at Amazon Web services from Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=ass_aws_/102-6058855-6377705?node=3435361

I think I did see this in another link and looked at it briefly, it seemed like it would be more involved, although I don't know that for sure. So maybe down the road.
Does this mean that you can implement your own book store on your website or is it more like what they do here at JavaRanch with the links from the book reviews section?
 
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Originally posted by John Hembree:
Does this mean that you can implement your own book store on your website or is it more like what they do here at JavaRanch with the links from the book reviews section?

This is an excerpt from the Amazon Web Services Kit, which is a kind of developer's kit for using the Amazon Web Services. It includes sample code in Java, PHP, and some other languages, it gives you some sample SOAP requests/responses, and so on.
Amazon Web Services Kit:
Web site owners and developers can now create applications capable of interacting with Amazon.com's catalog, search engine, shopping cart and merchandising tools to provide more robust offerings on third-party Web sites. Instead of simply linking to our various products, they can embed search results, top sellers, customized lists, recommendations, and even the Amazon.com shopping cart within their applications. And with our XSLT engine, they can convert standard Web services XML into customizable snippets of HTML, making it even easier to use our data.
 
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I take it that this means they will be fulfilling the order as well and not just providing information services. Will they handle credit card processing for you as well or at that point you must provide the service and if so I suppose within the documentation it tells you how to place the order on their site and how to make payment arrangements?
 
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Originally posted by John Hembree:
I take it that this means they will be fulfilling the order as well and not just providing information services. Will they handle credit card processing for you as well or at that point you must provide the service and if so I suppose within the documentation it tells you how to place the order on their site and how to make payment arrangements?

I haven't dug that deep yet... So far I've been under the assumption that the user is redirected to amazon.com for executing the actual purchase process. Might be wrong though.
Download the kit from Amazon and read the PDF. It doesn't cost a dime and you won't need to wait for my lazy ass to read it
 
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I just just hoping to capitalize on your effort and save mine for goofing off somewhere else.
Thanks for your help however, I will probably look into it at some point down the road. However for now, that probably requires more effort than I want to spend right now on web services. I did look into the weather.com thing a little and it might be just enough to give me a taste of it without boggin me down too much.
Thanks again for your help.
 
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I also visited weather.com but couldn't find a notion of a web service being available? I did find the "weather.com in your desktop", "weather.com in your PDA", etc. but no web services.
I'm a gatherer. I collect all sorts of material starting from sample code, articles, free e-books, up to 500 printed pages of blah blah about configuration management. Guess what? I haven't read even half of it. More like 10%...
I rarely go through the miscellaneous sample code archives, I usually end up reading the e-books between hardcovers, and most articles stay in my document folder just in case However, the weather.com service could be small enough to fit into my ever-shrinking spare time...
 
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I don't know now. I'm looking into it deeper now. I did find a link here that has a Web Services Description example, but I didn't know what to do with it to see if it works or not. I'll try to post back here if I find something specific.
 
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Originally posted by John Hembree:
I don't know now. I'm looking into it deeper now. I did find a link here that has a Web Services Description example, but I didn't know what to do with it to see if it works or not. I'll try to post back here if I find something specific.

Based on the URL in the WSDL of the presentation you referred to

I'd guess that's just an example and is not available in real life.
 
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I might have stumbled across something a little better. Check this out: XMethods.net. They have a ton of cool things with different implementations. Looks like this is the ticket to a lot of cool web services applications. It even includes a temperature feed.
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Ah. Why didn't I think of it... I tried a couple of Xmethods' stock quote services some weeks back. They do have a sizable collection of services published.
 
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