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Someday, B2B systems will be ubiquitous, embracing even small companies in a global purchasing web that allows orders to be placed anywhere on earth, virtually instantaneously, across the Internet. When people look back on the technologies that made it possible, it's likely that XML will have a special place of honor.
Of course, 98 percent of the hard work is yet to be done. If you're one of the developers doing it, you'll appreciate Building B2B Applications with XML: A Resouce Guide. This book doesn't merely show you how to implement an off-the-shelf package (not that there's anything wrong with that). Using extensive example code, it walks you through the essential technologies and standards you need to build XML-based B2B systems from scratch. It gets you "under the hood," so whatever strategy you choose, you'll wind up with a system tailor-made to your needs.
Your journey begins with XML, continues with transport (HTTP, SMTP, and FTP), moves on to security (public keys, XML Signature), and then to leading XML B2B vocabularies such as ebXML, Commerce XML, and xCBL. You'll find useful introductions to SOAP and Microsoft's BizTalk. The final chapter brings it all together, offering a practical checklist for successful B2B development. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.