XML, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures

XML, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures

Welcome to the XML, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures resource center !

Web services are a form of Web applications that are self-contained, self-describing and modular, and that can be published, located, and invoked across the Web. Web services perform functions, which can be anything from simple requests to complicated business processes. Once a Web service is deployed, other applications (and other Web services) can discover and invoke the deployed service. XML is a markup language for documents and messages containing structured information, and the basis for Web services and service-oriented architectures.

Seminars about Web Services and SOA (all of them in Dutch):

  • XML News @ XMLMania.com - The website is a source of XML related news, tutorials, documents, files and forums. Also provides XML Services, such as a multi-lingual RSS news service.
  • developerWorks : Web services : News : Current stories - Date - The latest news about Web services, from IBM and others
  • Industry News, compiled at the XML Cover Pages - Particles and industry news, compiled by Robin Cover
  • New XML General Articles and Papers - Surveys, Overviews, Presentations, Introductions, Announcements, found by Robin Cover in magazines and at serious Web sites
  • XML and SGML News at the XML Cover Pages - Almost every day, you get commented (!) news by Robin Cover

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  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) technology resources - SearchSOA.com - Essential SOA and Web services resources for enterprise IT professionals. Includes news, case studies, special reports, bookshelf, ...
  • Choosing an XML editor: Thijs van den Broek - The aim of this Information Paper is to provide an introduction to different features XML editors can have and the extent to which these features are implemented in various editors.
  • XMLMania.com - XML News, Forum, Documents, Examples : XML NEWS - The website is a source of XML related news, tutorials, documents, files and forums. Also provides XML Services, such as a multi-lingual RSS news service.
  • WSReview.com: Connecting the Enterprise - Great Web site offering news, online columns, online articles, product news and a newsletter.
  • .NET Experts: single-stop resource center for .NET training and information - Your resource center for .NET information

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  • SOA wars - SOA vendors compared - As the leading software vendors jockey to become the premier provider of service-oriented architecture services, Information Age assesses their relative merits.
  • Market Overview: Enterprise Service Bus market report - The enterprise service bus (ESB) has gained momentum as a key element in a service-oriented architecture. The market has expanded from the domain of startup specialists to integration and infrastructure players and platform vendors as well as the open source community.
  • Vendor Overview at WebServices.Org - List of Web Services Vendors
  • Web services enabling technologies - a survey of Web services enabling software and resources - for Java and Open Source
  • XML Database Products - Ronald Bourret's overview of the current state of the market for XML database products

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  • All the XML books in print (or nearly so...) - Over 250 book titles with some recommendations
  • Books on Web Services at dotnetbooks.com - Extensive and up-to-date overview of books on the Microsoft approach to Web services (.NET)
  • Special on Service-Oriented Architecture - IBM Systems Journal (Vol. 44, No. 4, 2005) - Service-oriented thinking is becoming popular in both the business and the information technology (IT) communities because it holds the promise of interoperability between heterogeneous systems, reuse of components, and flexible and efficient business processes. This issue of the journal contains 12 papers related to service-oriented architectures (SOAs). Topics covered include business aspects of SOAs, the IT development process for SOA implementations, and elements of the SOA infrastructure. VERY GOOD source on SOA and its business / technology impact, highly independent of IBM's services / software offering.
  • Article: SOA Implementation All-in-One Guide - The SOA Implementation All-in-One Guide is designed to walk IT professionals through the essentials of a service-oriented architecture implementation. Each chapter deals with the central issues you'll need to grasp as you take your SOA from the concept stage straight through to deployment. It starts with a discussion of SOA fundamentals, followed by planning issues, then development, governance, security and runtime concerns. The guide is designed so that you can learn at your pace and use the content as reference material either to plan what you have coming next along the SOA implementation curve or to assess the steps you've already taken.
  • SOA in Action Resource Center and Virtual Conference - The SOA in Action Resource Center is a premier online destination for pragmatic and actionable information on SOA solutions. It includes articles, blogs, podcasts, webinars, analyst reports and polls on planning, building and managing SOA solutions. Includes white papers and webcasts on planning, building and managing your SOA.

  • >> get more literature here