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Axis2 book: Developing Web Services with Apache Axis2 (2nd Edition)

Learn web services and Apache Axis2 easily

If you'd like to learn how to create web services (in particular, using Apache Axis2) and make some sense of various standards like SOAP, WSDL, MTOM, WS-Addressing, WS-Security, WS-Policy, XML Encryption and XML Signature, then this book is for you.  Why?

  • It has a tutorial style that walks you through in a step-by-step manner.
  • It is concise. There is no lengthy, abstract description.
  • Many diagrams are used to show the flow of processing and high level concepts so that you get a whole picture of what's happening.
  • The first 46 pages freely available here on http://www.ttdev.com. You can judge it yourself.

What the experts say (1st edition)

'Very nice, very readable, very detailed, very useful to newbie Axis developers', said Anne Thomas Manes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Designing the interface for a simple web service

Chapter 2 Implementing a web service

Chapter 3 Optimizing the development environment

Chapter 4 Understanding the calling process

Chapter 5 Accepting multiple parameters

Chapter 6 Sending and receiving complex data structures

Chapter 7 Sending binary files

Chapter 8 Invoking lengthy operations

Chapter 9 Signing and encrypting SOAP messages
Chapter 10 Integrating Your Web Services with Tomcat and Spring

A more detailed TOC is here. The following topics are not found in other books on Axis2 (in English):

  • How to work with Axis2 1.3.
  • How to use Eclipse Europa (WTP 2.0) with Axis2.
  • How to import existing schemas into WSDL files.
  • How to invoke asynchronous operations using WS-Addressing.
  • How to encrypt and sign SOAP messages using Rampart.
  • How to send user authentication information using Rampart.
  • How to send and receive binary files using MTOM.
  • How to integrate Axis2 with Spring.

Target audience and prerequisites

This book is suitable for those who would like to learn how to develop web services in Java. In order to understand what's in the book, you need to know Java and to have edited XML files. However, you do NOT need to know more advanced XML concepts (e.g., XML schema, XML namespace), servlet,  Tomcat or PKI.

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Download free chaptersThe first 46 pages available here
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Previous editions

The first edition covers Apache Axis.

About the author

Click here to learn more about the author (me).


Please check the change log. The PDF version and the current print version already include the changes.

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Kent Tong,
Oct 7, 2012, 4:17 AM
Kent Tong,
Oct 7, 2012, 4:17 AM
Kent Tong,
Oct 7, 2012, 4:17 AM