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SOAP looks like it's gonna clean up. If you're a developer who wants to make the most of it, Understanding SOAP is the jumpstart you've been looking for.
One thing that's especially welcome about this book: perspective. The authors begin by comparing SOAP to existing distributed object technologies such as CORBA, DCOM, and Java RMI, explaining how it stacks up in terms of scalability, performance, activation, state management, garbage collection, and other key criteria. You'll learn how developers have traditionally used XML to transport data between systems and how SOAP adds value through an interoperable, flexible, well-designed architecture.
The authors cover protocol transports, XML payloads, data types, remote methods, and more. They're reasonably platform-agnostic, but Understanding SOAP does contain a full chapter on the relationship of SOAP to Microsoft's BizTalk, as well as a real-world SOAP implementation (running nearly 200 pages) that intercepts Windows COM object calls and formulates SOAP resquest-response scenarios.
SOAP is thoroughly entwined with XML schemas, namespaces, and other not-quite-nailed-down XML standards. The book is candid about "why things are the way you find them today as well as how things might change in the foreseeable future" -- including potentially crucial issues, such as security and object discovery. (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.