Building Web Services and .NET Applications
Building Web Services and .NET Applications isn't the first book about building Web services using the .NET Framework, and it probably won't be the last. As a result, the authors present what many have discussed already in other .NET books, particularly those focusing on ASP.NET. As a result of being caught in the middle of this technology topic cycle, the book content takes a decidedly middle-of-the-road stance. Authors Lonnie Wall and Andrew Lader devote at least half of the text to discussing the technologies that underlie Web services, while the rest illustrates how you can employ this foundation using .NET. This includes delivering Web services using SQL Server 2000, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, and Windows Forms.
Overall, the book doesn't take a very unique approach to the subject. Although it certainly delivers its payload of information in a clear, concise manner, I was hoping the authors would stray from the beaten path paved by numerous authors before them. A book with a title this specific should provide explicit examples that infuse the reader with enthusiastic impatience to leverage the shared ideas in their own applications. Instead, the book reads like a textbook on the subject: informative, but dry.
- Mike Riley
Building Web Services and .NET Application, by Lonnie Wall and Andrew Lader, Osborne McGraw-Hill, http://www.osborne.com
Cover Price: US$49.99