As a developer new to Web Services, how do you make sense of this emerging framework
so you can start writing your own services today? This concise book gives programmers both a concrete introduction and a handy reference to XML
web services, first by explaining the foundations of this new breed of distributed services, and then by demonstrating quick ways to create services with open-source Java
Web Services make it possible for diverse applications to discover each other and exchange data seamlessly via the Internet. For instance, programs written in Java
and running on Solaris can find and call code written in C# that run on Windows XP, or programs written in Perl that run on Linux, without any concern about the details of how that service is implemented. A common set of Web Services is at the core of Microsoft's new .NET strategy, Sun Microsystems's Sun One Platform, and the W3C's XML
Protocol Activity Group.