According to a December 2001 research report, the market for web services platforms, development suites, and management tools will grow from $380 million in 2001 to more than $15.5 billion in 2005. Even if you take that with a grain of salt, or two, XML-based web services are going to be huge -- especially internally focused web services that address enterprise data integration.
In XML & Web Services Unleashed, leading web services developer and industry analyst Ron Schmelzer brings together a team of experts to cover XML web services from every perspective: standards, platforms, trends, coding, and more.
They begin with a comprehensive course in XML-based development, from validation and schemas to parsing with DOM and SAX, transformations with XSLT, formatting with XSL-FO, even SVG vector graphics. They move on to web services architecture and the key "building block" standards that make web services practical: SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI.
They review web services from both Microsoft's and Sun's perspectives, then walk through sample implementations for both e-commerce and wireless. Last but not least, they preview tomorrow's Semantic Web, which builds machine-processable meaning into data and applications -- enabling web services to accomplish more than ever before. (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.