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Chapter of the week: Introduction to Web services technologies

This chapter, excerpted from Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services, focuses on the standards that make up the Web services platform and how Web services relates to service-oriented architecture.

About the Chapter
Over the past five years, with the birth of XML-based simple object access protocol (SOAP) and WSDL, further supplemented by the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) specification, the first generation of Web services was established. Since then, industry-wide support has furthered the Web services platform and service-oriented architecture. This chapter, excerpted from Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services, focuses on the standards that make up the Web services platform and how Web services relates to service-oriented architecture.
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About the Book
Web services is the integration technology preferred by organizations implementing service-oriented architectures. Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services is a guide for building and integrating XML and Web services, providing pragmatic recommendations for applying these technologies effectively. Author Thomas Erl addresses a broad spectrum of integration challenges, covering technical and design issues as well as strategic planning. The book covers (WS-*) Web services standards including BPEL4WS, WS-Security, WS-Coordination, WS-Transaction, WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging and WS-Attachments and covers hundreds of individual integration strategies and more than 60 best practices for both XML and Web services technologies. The book also includes a tutorial on service-oriented design principles for business and technical modeling.

About the Author
Thomas Erl is an independent consultant and Chief Architect at XMLTC Consulting Inc. in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The author of Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design, he is widely known for inventing the Layered Scope Model for XML and Web services, as well as the XML & Web Services Integration Framework (XWIF). Erl is also responsible for www.extensinet.com, one of the world's largest XML and Web services resource portals. For more information, visit www.thomaserl.com.

Note: Reproduced from Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services, ISBN: 0131428985. Copyright 2004 with permission from Prentice Hall PTR.

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