Java Web Services in a Nutshell

Java Web Services in a Nutshell

by Kim Topley
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O'Reilly originally made its name in the technical field in the late 80s by publishing what became the definitive texts for programming X11 Windows. (Perhaps an unconscious emulation of the German Handbuchs of science and engineering.) Since then, O'Reilly has striven to do likewise in many other branches of computing. To many programmers, the existence of an O'Reilly book on a topic is proof that the topic is now authoritatively and independently covered. Now, Topley and O'Reilly have presented us with this book, on Web Services. A positive sign for the field. As with other texts by the publisher, it crams a lot between its covers. Topley assumes you are familiar with writing GUIs in Java Swing/AWT; ie. with the building of 'core' standalone Java applications. Web Services are inherently multimachine constructs. Which makes writing an explanatory text a little tricky. More pieces to plug together (and fall apart). Topley is careful to point out that this field is still embryonic. Thus far, few (none?) commercial mission-critical applications exist. Also, the standard for secure Web Services is still jelling. True, there is always HTTPS. But it doesn't seem to allow for finer grained encryption and the field is casting for a better answer. So the choice is yours. Wait a year or so till some of these issues get resolved. Or, more pertinently perhaps, you want make an impact in this field now?