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Real World Web Services: Integrating EBay, Google, Amazon, FedEx and more

by: Will Iverson

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Publisher: O'REILLY,2004/10/30

Category: WEB SERVICES Level:

ISBN: 059600642X
ISBN13: 9780596006426

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The core idea behind Real World Web Services is simple: after years of hype, what are the major players really doing with web services? Standard bodies may wrangle and platform vendors may preach, but at the end of the day what are the technologies that are actually in use, and how can developers incorporate them into their own applications? Those are the answers Real World Web Services delivers. It's a field guide to the wild and wooly world of non-trivial deployed web services.


  The heart of the book is a series of projects, demonstrating the use and integration of Google, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, FedEx, and many more web services. Some of these vendors have been extremely successful with their web service deployments: for example, eBay processes over a billion web service requests a month!


  The author focuses on building 8 fully worked out example web applications that incorporate the best web services available today. The book thoroughly documents how to add functionality like automating listings for auctions, dynamically calculating shipping fees, automatically sending faxes to your suppliers, using an aggregator to pull data from multiple news and web service feeds into a single format or monitoring the latest weblog discussions and Google searches to keep web site visitors on top of topics of interest-by integrating APIs from popular websites most people are already familiar with.


  For each example application, the author provides a thorough overview, architecture, and full working code examples.


  This book doesn't engage in an intellectual debate as to the correctness of web services on a theological level. Instead, it focuses on the practical, real world usage of web services as the latest evolution in distributed computing, allowing for structured communication via Internet protocols. As you ll see, this includes everything from sending HTTP GET commands to retrieving an XML document through the use of SOAP and various vendor SDKs.

Table of Contents

Preface


  1. Web Service Evolution


          Client/Server Origins


          The Undefined Web


          Planning for Interdependence


  2. Foundations of Web Services


          Basic Networking


          HTTP


          From HTTP to RPC


  3. Development Platform


          Tools and Projects Used


          Test Drive


          Other Platforms


  4. Project 1: Competitive Analysis


          Application Features


          Gathering Web Service Data


  5. Project 2: Auctions and Shipping


          Auction Listing XML


          Processing the Auction XML


          Connecting to FedEx


  6. Project 3: Billing and Faxing


          Starting the Transaction


          Getting a Transaction Notification


          Responding to the Transaction


  7. Project 4: Syndicated Search


          Making Feeds Available


          Using an Aggregator


  8. Project 5: News Aggregator


          Watcher Implementation


          Going Further with Quartz


  9. Project 6: Audio CD Catalog


          CDDB


          Building a CD Catalog


  10. Project 7: Hot News Sheet


  11. Project 8: Automatic Daily Discussions


          Weblogs


  12. Future Web Service Directions


          Future Technologies


          Future Directions


  Index