Next Level Web Services & REST for Java / JEE

Java Web Services


Introductory and Beyond

4 Days

Course Overview

Geared for experienced developers, Mastering Java Web Services is a five day, lab-intensive web services training course that covers the entire spectrum of technologies that enable Web Services in Java and JEE. This course focuses on what separates an ad hoc set of web services (NOT SOA) from a managed, vibrant, reusable catalog of enterprise services (definitely SOA). This course provides an overview of the entire spectrum from the promise of cloud computing to the grit of XML content. Students will gain practical, hands-on experience with implementations of the Java XML and Web Service APIs including JAXP, JAXB, JAX-WS 2.0, WSEE, and XWSS. In terms of Java, the focus is on using the JAX-WS 2.0 and JAXB APIs and implementations as the basic for generating and deploying web services and service clients.

Course Objectives

Mastering Java Web Services focuses on providing an understanding of the fundamental technologies used in web services. This understanding is critical to being able to diagnose, troubleshoot, tune, and perform other lifecycle activities.   Working in a dynamic, interactive discussion and hands-on programming environment, developers will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the basic concepts of SOA to the identification and design of web services
  • Understand and intelligently discuss Web Services and the core technologies involved
  • Understand and apply the basic concepts of SOA to the identification and design of web services
  • Appreciate the concept of layered services including orchestration
  • Understand and intelligently discuss Web Services and the core technologies involved
  • Design, develop, and deploy real-world JEE Web Services
  • Expose existing Java components as XML Web Services
  • Write Java components that access remote Web Services hosted by a third party
  • Read and understand a WSDL document
  • Parse, process, and respond to a SOAP message
  • Understand the concepts behind REST and implement a REST-based web service
  • Implement handlers to inject cross-cutting solutions for security, logging, auditing, and other needs
  • Work with WS-Security to protect content, resources, and other assets

  Students will explore at the current state of the art of Web services, what works and what doesn’t work, and also at newer standards, and how they fit into the Web services picture. Web services are still evolving rapidly, and this course will give you a thorough understanding of the current Web services architecture, and the technologies that support Web services including:

  • SOAP – Simple Object Access Protocol - A remote invocation (RPC) and messaging mechanism.WSDL – Web Services Description Language – An XML language that describes the interface and semantics of a Web service.
  • REST- Representational State Transfer - A style of implementing web services that is gaining increasing acceptance and use
  • WS-I –Web Services Interoperability Profiles
  • WS-Security/XWSS – Web Services Security
  • JAX-WS 2.0 – Accessing Web services using Java
  • JAXB – Used for binding XML to Java, increasing interoperabiltiy between the two


Course Prerequisites

This is an intermediate level training course, designed for experienced Java developers and architects who need to identify, design, and implement web services. We will explore and apply the terminology, the specification, the processes and technologies specific to web services.   Students should have 1-2 years of working knowledge with Servlets and JSPs, and should be familiar with XML, Namespaces, and XML Schema.

Course Agenda

Session: Exploring Web Services     


Lesson: Web Services Overview     

  • Web Services Architecturally
  • Spec and Standard Evolution
  • Web Services Interoperability Organization
  • .NET Platform & .NET Web Services
  • Java and Web Services


Lesson: Web Services, Java, and JEE

  • XML Signature
  • XML Encryption
  • JAXP, JAXB, and JAX-WS
  • JEE and Web Services
  • Web Services Stacks at a Glance


Lesson: Web Services Quickstart

  • “Typical” Web Services Stack
  • How Stack is Used on the Service-Side
  • How Stack is Used on the Client-Side
  • Debugging Web Services


Session: Foundation of Web Services


Lesson: XML Review: Namespaces, & Schema

  • XML Separates Structure, Content and Format
  • XML Namespaces
  • Namespaces Best Practices
  • W3C XML Schemas

Lesson: XML in Java - JAXP and JAXB

  • JAXP: Java API for XML Processing
  • Security Concerns Relative to Parsing
  • JAXB: Binding XML to Java


Session: Binding – SOAP/REST         


Session: Binding – SOAP/REST


Lesson: SOAP Overview

  • Anatomy of a SOAP Message
  • SOAP and HTTP
  • SOAP Messaging
  • Remote Procedure Calls
  • SOAP With Attachments
  • The SOAP Envelope
  • SOAP Data Model


Lesson: REST Overview

  • REpresentational State Transfer
  • REST Characteristics
  • REST Elements
  • REST Architectural Principles
  • REST and HTTP
  • REST/HTTP: Representation-Oriented
  • REST Design Principles

Session: Description and Discovery


Lesson: WSDL Overview   

  • Describing Web Services
  • WSDL in Practice
  • WSDL/SOAP Namespaces
  • WSDL Anatomy


Lesson: Discovery

  • Issues With Broadly Scoped Discovery
  • UDDI Registries
  • Tools That Support Discovery


Session: Web Services in Java – JAX-WS


Lesson: JAX-WS Overview

  • JAX-WS Architecture
  • JAX-WS Features
  • Web Service Annotations
  • JAX-WS Programming Model
  • JAX-WS Handlers


Lesson: Working with JAX-WS         

  • JAX-WS Development Process
  • Bottom-up Building of a Web Service
  • Top-Down Building of a Web Service
  • Types of JAX-WS Clients


Lesson: Handlers

  • JAX-WS and Handlers
  • Handler Life Cycle
  • Configuring Handlers
  • Understanding SAAJ


Lesson: Working With Attachments              

  • SOAP With Attachments
  • Sending Binary Data
  • Optimized Serialization
  • WS-I Attachment Profile
  • swaRef
  • Enabling MTOM in JAX-WS
  • Attached and In-line
  • JAX-WS and swaRef


Session: Implementing REST with JAX-RS


Lesson: Designing RESTful Services

  • Effectively Designing RESTful Services
  • Best Practices for Endpoint Definition
  • Using Query Parameters
  • Working with HTTP GET and DELETE
  • Working with HTTP PUT
  • Working with HTTP POST
  • Best Practices for HTTP Methods
  • Handling Additional Operations

Lesson: Overview of JAX-RS

  • JAX-RS Implementations
  • JAX-RS Service Class
  • JAX-RS Service Lifecycle Options
  • Consuming RESTful Services


Lesson: @Path: URI Matching

  • @Path Annotation
  • @Path Expressions
  • @Path and Regular Expressions
  • HTTP Method Annotations


Lesson: Injection Using JAX-RS

  • Parameters
  • Working with @PathParam
  • Header and Cookie Values Can be Injected
  • Working Programmatically with URI


Lesson: Handling Exceptions

  • REST/HTTP 1.1 Error Response Codes
  • Overview of Exception Handling in JAX-RS
  • JAX-RS's WebApplicationException


Lesson: Handling Content

  • JAX-RS Built-In Content Handlers
  • Content Marshaling
  • Using JAXB With JAX-RS
  • Working With JSON
  • Content Negotiation (Conneg)

Session: Advanced Web Services Topics


Lesson: Web Services for JEE (WSEE)

  • WSEE Server Programming Model
  • WSDD
  • WSEE Client Programming Model


Lesson: Transactions in Web Services: WS-TX

  • SOA's Challenge of Handling Transactions
  • WS-Transaction (WS-TX)
  • WS-Coordination
  • WS-AtomicTransaction
  • WS-BusinessActivity


Session: Security - WS-Security and Defenses


Lesson: XML Signature and Encryption

  • XML Challenges
  • XML Signature
  • XML Signature Usage
  • XML Encryption
  • XML Encryption Usage


Lesson: WS-Security

  • Transport-Level Security
  • Message-Level Security
  • Web Services Security Roadmap
  • WS-Security Enables Interoperability
  • Networking Devices Usage


Lesson: Securing Untrusted Input  

  • Input Data Attacks
  • Protecting a Web Service
  • Tenacious D
  • Responding to Error State



Course Materials

Our robust course materials include much more than a simple slideshow presentation handout.  Student materials include a comprehensive hard-copy course manual, complete with detailed course notes, code samples, diagrams and current reference materials, all directly related to the course at hand, indexed for ease of use. Step-by-step lab instructions, software tutorials and project descriptions are clearly illustrated and commented for maximum learning. 

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