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Building Web Services with Java: Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI

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<pre>Author/s : Steve Graham, Simon Simeonov, Toufic Boubez, Glen Daniels,
Doug Davis, Yuichi Nakamura, Ryo Neyama
Publisher : Sams
Category : Other
Review by : Kyle Brown
Rating : 8 horseshoes
This book provides coverage most of the current web services standards and technologies, and gives you at least an understanding of where they all fit, while still providing you with enough depth on the crucial ones (SOAP (with Axis), UDDI, etc.) so that you can get started with real projects.
I particularly liked the way in which the authors have created an all-in-one reference book on the most important web services technologies. For instance, I've never been able to read SOAP messages without having a reference on XML namespaces and XML schemas handy -- no more -- it's all covered in this book.
The coverage of the new Apache Axis project is especially good; not only does it explain the advantages of the new architecture for handling SOAP headers, but it gives code examples for making use of these new features. This is to be expected, since many of the authors of this book are major contributors to the Axis project.
I also found the chapters on Web Services security and UDDI to be helpful and enlightening. While all of the chapters in the book don't live up to the promise of these excellent chapters, it's still overall a great introduction to this new set of technologies.
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