Item description for Web Services by Gustavo Alonso, Fabio Casati, Harumi Kuno & Vijay Machiraju...
Like many other incipient technologies, Web services are still surrounded by a tremendous level of noise. This noise results from the always dangerous combination of wishful thinking on the part of research and industry and of a lack of clear understanding of how Web services came to be. On the one hand, multiple contradictory interpretations are created by the many attempts to realign existing technology and strategies with Web services. On the other hand, the emphasis on what could be done with Web services in the future often makes us lose track of what can be really done with Web services today and in the short term. These factors make it extremely difficult to get a coherent picture of what Web services are, what they contribute, and where they will be applied.
Alonso and his co-authors deliberately take a step back. Based on their academic and industrial experience with middleware and enterprise application integration systems, they describe the fundamental concepts behind the notion of Web services and present them as the natural evolution of conventional middleware, necessary to meet the challenges of the Web and of B2B application integration.
Rather than providing a reference guide or a "how to write your first Web service" kind of book, they discuss the main objectives of Web services, the challenges that must be faced to achieve them, and the opportunities that this novel technology provides. Established, as well as recently proposed, standards and techniques (e.g., WSDL, UDDI, SOAP, WS-Coordination, WS-Transactions, and BPEL), are then examined in the context of this discussion in order to emphasize their scope, benefits, and shortcomings. Thus, the book is ideally suited both for professionals considering the development of application integration solutions and for research and students interesting in understanding and contributing to the evolution of enterprise application technologies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.46 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 2003
ISBN 3540440089 ISBN13 9783540440086
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More About Gustavo Alonso, Fabio Casati, Harumi Kuno & Vijay Machiraju
Dr. Gustavo Alonso holds the Associate Professor post of Aerospace Engineering at UPM. He worked at ESA/ESTEC from 1990 to 1995 at the Mechanical Systems Department, and from 1995 to 2004 he covered senior technical and management positions at different Spanish Space industries. His overall responsibilities included the research activities of those companies.
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Comprehensive text on Web Services Sep 17, 2007
First part of the book while describing Distributed Systems, Middleware and EAI lays strong foundation for Web Services. Second part of the book provides an extensive reporting about Web Services Architecture, related standards, service composition and BPEL. Though at the outset this book looks like serving academic purpose but it also provides the great insight of the subject to the programming community.
This book is must have which draws detailed conceptual and architectural views on Distributed Systems, EAI and Web Services.
Clear explanations, good fundamentals Mar 16, 2007
I am using this book for a graduate level class about Web Services. I like the books approach on giving you enough background about middle-ware evolution that makes it easier to understand what Web Services are trying to accomplish. Given that the actual technology (implementation details) change so much in this area the books approach makes a lot of sense. I also found explanations to be concise and clear.
Advice: if you are looking for a hands-on how-to book about XML this is not the book to pick up. Otherwise, if you are looking for a good fundamentals book that will help you paint a big picture of Web Services this book is great!
Great Book on Distributed Systems Apr 5, 2005
This book is a little more expensive than most of the flashy Web Services books these days but it is well worth the money. Set in small font and not wasting pages on chapters like "History of XML and SOAP" this book is dense in content on the architecture of distributed systems, including Web Services. We get to learn about the issues of distributed transactions and the differences between conversations, coordination and orchestration. The text is precise but nevertheless easy to follow. One of the best books I have seen on Web Services architecture.
You can find a sample chapter on the author's site: http://www.inf.ethz.ch/personal/alonso/Web-book/Chapter-5.pdf
Comprehensive Jan 12, 2005
If you want comprehensive high level overview of today's enterprise software landscape, this is a must-read.
One of the best books which answers the question , Why Web Services?? Unique perspective on middlewares in general.
Do not expect any code examples or details of any particular middleware.
Excellent book on web services Nov 24, 2003
A very nice introductory book on Web services, much different from all the others on this topic. Excellent overview of the problematics of service oriented architectures on the Web and of their relationships with their EAI counterparts (corba,rpc,..).