June 27, 2003
Current, In-Depth Coverage of the Java Web Services Developer's Pack: O'Reilly Releases "Java Web Services in a Nutshell"
Sebastopol, CA--Although web services technology has suffered from
excessive hype and overly grand expectations, plenty of solid
development is going on, especially in extending enterprise
applications, and much of this development is taking place in Java. As
a result, the J2EE APIs for web services are evolving rapidly,
challenging developers to understand and keep pace with them. Java Web
Services in a Nutshell, (O'Reilly, US $39.95) by Kim Topley covers all
of them in depth, providing an indispensable resource for programmers
developing web services for the Java platform.
"Java Web Services in a Nutshell" is a succinct introduction,
high-speed tutorial, and handy reference to the Java/XML APIs, more
commonly known as the JWSDP or "Java Web Services Developer's Pack."
According to author Kim Topley, these APIs are taking the Java world by
storm, as they are capable of handling everything from simple XML to
SOAP to full ebXML vocabularies.
What makes "Java Web Services in a Nutshell" unique, Topley says, is
first, that it contains more detail and more relevant examples than are
currently available elsewhere. Second, he adds, "The coverage is
up-to-date with the current JWSDP release. And third, the book covers
only what is currently released. There is no padding based around
future specifications that have not yet been made part of the
Topley notes that the most important API in the JWSDP is JAX-RPC (Java
API for XML-based RPC). "This is also the API that developers most
consistently post questions about. This book covers all aspects of
JAX-RPC in detail, with the tutorial coverage alone exceeding 150
pages. After buying this book, developers should having everything they
need to program with JAX-RPC, without having to visit the online forum
to get answers."
Specifically, "Java Web Services in a Nutshell" provides:
A fast-paced introduction to web services and the new features of the
J2EE 1.4 platform that support web services
In-depth coverage of the Java API for XML-based Remote Procedure Calls
(JAX-RPC), the API that most Java programmers use to build or access
Detailed description of the lower-level SAAJ API, which allows direct
access to the SOAP messages exchanged between web services and their
A discussion of asynchronous messaging using the JAXM API
Instructions on using the Java API for XML-based Registries (JAXR) to
look up web services in a UDDI or ebXML registry and to publish your
own web services
Intended for Java developers who need to implement Java services or who
need their applications to access existing web services, "Java Web
Services in a Nutshell" delivers practical information to help make
sense of the rapidly changing official documentation.
This book is part of a multi-volume set of quick references that every
Java programmer needs. It is a companion to both "Java in a Nutshell,"
which addresses the core APIs of the J2SE platform, and "Java
Enterprise in a Nutshell," which covers the major APIs in the Java
Enterprise platform on which web services will be built.
Java Web Services in a Nutshell
ISBN 0-596-00399-4, 642 pages, $39.95 US, $61.95 CA, 28.50 UK
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