I need to mention that, before I post this question, I did a try to search for a good book (not online resource) for understanding and implementing SOA and webservices quickly, but ended up with many books with good reviews. Sometimes too much information is confusing. I'm not an experienced Webservices developer but rather have some theoritical knowledge and some awareness of the components. But I need a resource that could actually guide me in developing a SOA based systems using Webservices.
Can somebody advise me if there are any such books available for me to purchase?
What kind of tools/framework do you want to use to develop SOA applications?
If you want to explore things like SCA, Complex Event Processing, Business Process Management, the take a look at the book "OpenSource SOA" by Jeff Davis.
If you are slightly more conservative and/or want to stick with JavaEE only, then take a look at "Implementing SOA Using Java EE".
If you want to read about more basic web service stuff, then "Java Web Services: Up and Running" may be suitable.
Finally, there is a book named "Java SOA Cookbook" that looks interesting.