Even developers skeptical of Microsoft are coming to appreciate .NET's potential for rapid development of high-performance web services. Building XML Web Services for the Microsoft .NET Platform gives them a start-to-finish guide to creating .NET web services that build on XML, SOAP, and other industry standards -- both current and "imagined."
Scott Short covers web services architecture, protocols, coding, security, debugging, and much more. Among the topics he covers in detail: using XML schema and ASP.NET in web services; documenting services with WSDL; and maximizing scalability and availability.
Short, who now works at Microsoft after developing enterprise applications for MCI and JD Edwards, concludes with a preview of Microsoft's vision of the future of web services. He introduces the proposed Global XML Web Services Architecture, which seeks to provide standardized, XML-based infrastructure for more complex applications. He also offers a great high-level overview of .NET My Services, Microsoft's approach to storing personal information on the network, for access from multiple locations (i.e., the controversial Passport and the offerings that'll build on it).
The book's extensive code samples are provided on CD-ROM along with the latest version of Microsoft's .NET Framework SDK. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.