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SOAP: Cross Platform Web Services Development Using XML
by Scott Seely, Kent Sharkey

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An introduction to using SOAP on Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms, this book/CD-ROM package explains XML needed to get started with SOAP, outlines SOAP's basic syntax, shows how to extend SOAP to support heterogeneous and legacy environments, and covers SOAP programming with C++, C#, Perl, Visual Basic, and Java. Six chapters present a complete case study, from requirements and design through coding. The CD-ROM contains SOAP implementations for Windows, Linux, and UNIX, plus source code from the book. Seely has written a previous book on Windows Shell Programming.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

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Leverage the power of SOAP on any platform, with any leading programming language!

  • Integrate your enterprise applications across the Web!
  • The platform-independent guide to SOAP
  • SOAP programming with C++, Perl, C#, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Build an industrial-strength SOAP system from scratch
  • CD-ROM: SOAP for Windows, Linux and Unix, plus extensive source code library!
Technical Reviewers:
Yves LaFon, Chair of the SOAP W3C Committee
John Montgomery, Lead SOAP Developer, Microsoft
Kent Sharkey, .NET Frameworks Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

SOAP is the universal "glue" that can integrate virtually any distributed system, helping enterprises streamline processes and communications across the Internet as never before. SOAP: Cross Platform Web Services Development Using XML is the practical, hands-on introduction to using SOAP on Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms, using any of five leading programming languages. Discover how SOAP leverages key Internet standards such as XML and HTTP to solve distributed computing problems that DCOM and CORBA can't! Coverage includes:

  • All the XML you need to get started with SOAP
  • SOAP's basic syntax: HTTP headers, SOAP payloads, error handling, data types, encoding structures, and more
  • Extending SOAP to support heterogeneous and legacy environments
  • SOAP programming with C++, C#, Perl, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Comparing today's leading SOAP servers

The last six chapters of this book present a start-to-finish SOAP case study application-from requirements and design through coding.

Whether you're constructing Internet applications, integrating existing applications within or between enterprises, or simply evaluating SOAP, this book contains the insights-and practical examples-you're looking for.


The accompanying CD-ROM contains complete SOAP implementations for Windows, Linux, and UNIX, plus all source code from the book.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; Bk&CD-Rom edition (August 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0130907634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.0 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 17 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #409,030 in Books
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Good book Useful Case Study, September 17, 2001
Reviewer:"nee_km" (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
This book is a good introduction into SOAP. The Case Study at the end of the book is very detailed and by following through it, you can gain a solid understanding of SOAP, XML and how to use it.

The only drawback is that it doesn't describe in detail the use of SOAP by multiple programming languages. I guess one book can't do all :)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Poorly organized, May 14, 2003
Reviewer:Jim (Milford, OH United States) - See all my reviews
I felt this book was poorly organized, and lacking in the type of information I wanted.

Chapter 1 is a history of the computer, starting with the abacus. (I'm not kidding.) Chapter 2 is an overview of XML, which might have been useful except that this book is clearly not aimed at people unfamiliar with XML. Chapter 3 is a rehash of the SOAP specification. While potentially interesting, this chapter (like the specification itself) is a blow-by-blow discussion of very minute details of the SOAP syntax. This chapter would have been better as an appendix. Better yet, just provide a hyperlink to the SOAP specification for those who are interested.

The remainder of the book is made up of two example applications and some "oh by the way" disccusions of issues more or less related to SOAP itself. Chapter 4 discusses a "simple" SOAP application in great detail. This was the chapter I found most nearly useful. Chapters 5 and 6 cover WSDL and UDDI, not SOAP. Chapter 7 talks about vendor-specific implementations of SOAP--a chapter that is already totally outdated. Chapter 8 through the end discusses a single large application built using soap. For me, Chapter 4 was the only one that came close to providing real value.

In summary, this is yet another "talk about anything to fill up the pages" book. If you remove 100+ pages of raw source code, 5 chapters that give general introductions to the history of the computer, XML, WSDL, and UDDI, you wind up with about 40 pages of poorly organized, scattered writings about SOAP itself. Not worth the [the money], in my opinion.

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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Failure to explain any basic concepts clearly, November 13, 2002
Reviewer:Constana (Philadelphia) - See all my reviews
There are two extremely catagories of books.
1. Explain unclear concepts with clear logic and clear language.
2. Explain clear concepts with unclear logic and unclear languege.
This book definitely belongs to the second catagory.
How hard XML scheme syntax could be? This book can screw all of them up.
It wastes of your time if you did not already know what SOAP is.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Top to Bottom coverage, October 17, 2002
Reviewer:Nandakumar Sankaran (Puget Sound, WA USA) - See all my reviews
I've read about SOAP and Web Services from other books and have always come out with questions about how certain ideas work "under the hood". I feel that I really understand a concept if I know how it works at the wire level. The problem with many of the books out there is that they give you a very good coverage of the technology but not much insight into the fundamentals. Scott Seely's book on the other hand gives you a very balanced view of SOAP. It discusses XML schemas and the SOAP messaging protocol. Immediately, Scott jumps into implementing a SOAP server by hand which is essential to understanding how SOAP really works (and to learn to appreciate the need for SOAP frameworks that are currently available on various systems). The book is worth just for this chapter, if nothing else. The case study of an auction system puts a nice finishing touch, rounding off a comprehensive top to bottom treatment of SOAP.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Sorry but ..., July 6, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
Sorry to say, but I felt this book was no more than a first draft . At the end of it, I had no clear idea on how to write a SOAP message without refering to many other books or the spec itself. Sure the book gave me a basic overview of SOAP, but not one that I could take away and use, and gave me an overall impression that SOAP is complicated and messy. This was a rushed effort, and a waste of time. If this is one of the best books available on SOAP, then it doesn't say much for the technical authors currently working on it.

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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

I am sorry for the author, he should spend more time on this, May 9, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
It's understandable that the author donot have much time in
writing this book. But I think both the publisher and the
author should be serious on writing a book.

Overall, it's not professional!

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