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When Bob Eckstein suggested the idea of writing a book in the Nutshell series to cover the web service APIs in the Java Web Services Developer's Pack, I must admit to not having been immediately inspired by the idea. My feelings changed, however, when I saw the number of sessions devoted to this subject at the 2002 JavaOne conference in San Francisco, most of which were extremely well attended. Soon after the conference, I agreed to write the book you are now holding in your hands. My thanks for providing me with the opportunity to do so go to Bob as well as to Mike Loukides, who also had a hand in the process of persuasion that ultimately lead to me making the right decision.
When Bob moved on to other things in O'Reilly, the editorial job was taken over by Brett McLaughlin, a man known to write books at a speed that mere
The production team at O'Reilly have turned some very ordinary-looking text and diagrams into a real book under considerable time pressure. My thanks go to Mary Brady as production editor and to the rest of the team, whose
Java Web Services in a Nutshell has taken the best part of a year to produce. For various reasons, this has been one of the most difficult