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Mike London
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I've got a project to simply "consume" a Web Service.

But, I notice there are few recently-published books and the ones that are published seem to have less than wonderful reviews on Amazon. I'm not sure why this is.

Does this mean nobody's really doing Web Services? (Or doing them in .NET or ColdFusion MX where they're much simpler?)

I was hoping there was an Eclipse plug-in to abstract some of the complexity but there doesn't seem to be one (at least I haven't found one yet...).

Does this mean I have a multi-week project just to read a value from a Web Service? Yikes!!!

From what I've read, the learning curve to do a simple Web Service is HUGE.

Can anyone recommend any shortcuts or a book that worked for them?

Thanks very much in advance for all replies.

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I don't know that people are focussing exclusively on web services too much these days, but there are TONS of related technologies that people are focussing on such as messaging, ejb services, rmi, etc.

Things you can learn doing web services will be valuable in almost any server related technology. The reason there aren't many simple plugins is that a lot of the subtleties of web services are quite complex. Check out the Sun Web Service Developer pack, it has a lot of important libraries for generating web services.
 
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Well, we have a Web Services forum right here on JavaRanch, where plenty of people seem to be using WS succesfully. We also have WS FAQ (which is linked in my signature), where plenty of introductory material is linked. Most of that is about creating both the client and the service, so if you don't need to create the service -or already have one-, it gets even simpler.
 
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Thanks All!!!
 
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The ideal for web services is that you do almost nothing. Select a public method on a class, tell it to be a web service and a tool generates all the parsers and marshallers and WSDL and such. Hand the WSDL to a client who runs a tool that generates all his client code. Nobody ever actually reads or writes XML. If the tools are good, there is no such thing as "web services programming". WSAD gets pretty close to this, haven't tried the latest RAD. WebLogic bought a tool called GLUE that was pretty darned good, too.

See what they say about all this in the other forum.
 
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I saw something similar in NetBeans -- actual "Create Web Service" menu items!

But I use (My)Eclipse.

Hopefully something that helps abstract some of the details will appear in the Eclipse world soon.

Thanks for your reply.

-- Mike
 
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