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Web Services - A Manager's Guide
by Ann Thomas Manes

Addison-Wesley Professional
1 edition
June 2003
352 pages

Reviewed by Valentin Crettaz, March 2004
  (9 of 10)

Anne Thomas Manes takes a non-technical, yet quite original, approach to explaining all the odds and ends of web services from a manager's perspective. This book is targeted at managers in strong need of a quick and comprehensive view of web services, it does not contain a single line of code. Programmers, be advised.

The author first lays some foundations by giving some pieces of basic information on what web services are and aren't, how they can be used and when, and most importantly why one should consider using them or why not. In order to illustrate their practicality, some real-world scenarios are given where web services are being successfully used while bringing real value (Amazon, Google, etc).

Ann Thomas Manes goes on explaining the fundamental technologies underlying the web services infrastructure, such as XML, WSDL, UDDI and SOAP. She also deemed necessary to introduce historical facts about the inception and development of these technologies. People who tend to loose the overall view over who does what in the web services world might like these anecdotes.

The author also briefly touches upon advanced topics, such as security, transaction, orchestration and choreography.

Finally, the author wraps up by giving an extensive, yet non-exhaustive, list of open-source and commercial web services platforms and UDDI registries available on the web. She also provides a good deal of very helpful evaluation guidelines that should help you select the proper web services tools that suit your particular project.

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