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Service-Oriented Computing: Semantics, Processes, Agents

Service-Oriented Computing: Semantics, Processes, Agents

Munindar P. Singh, Michael N. Huhns

ISBN: 978-0-470-09149-4

Feb 2006

588 pages



This comprehensive text explains the principles and practice of Web services and relates all concepts to practical examples and emerging standards.  Its discussions include:
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic web technologies
  • Peer-to-peer service discovery
  • Service selection
  • Web structure and link analysis
  • Distributed transactions
  • Process modelling
  • Consistency management. 

The application of these technologies is clearly explained within the context of planning, negotiation, contracts, compliance, privacy, and network policies. The presentation of the intellectual underpinnings of Web services draws from several key disciplines such as databases, distributed computing, artificial intelligence, and multi-agent systems for techniques and formalisms.  Ideas from these disciplines are united in the context of Web services and service-based applications. 

Featuring an accompanying website and teacher’s manual that includes a complete set of transparencies for lectures, copies of open-source software for exercises and working implementations, and resources to conduct course projects, this book makes an excellent graduate textbook.  It will also prove an invaluable reference and training tool for practitioners.

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I  Basics.

1. Computing with Services.

2. Basic Standards for Web Services.

3. Programming Web Services.

4. Enterprise Architectures.

5. Principles of Service-Oriented Computing.

II  Description.

6. Modeling and Representation.

7. Resource Description Framework.

8. Web Ontology Language.

9. Ontology Management.

III  Engagement.

10. Execution Models.

11. Transaction Concepts.

12. Coordination Frameworks for Web Services.

13. Process Specifications.

14. Formal Specification and Enactment.

IV  Collaboration.

15. Agents.

16. Multiagent Systems.

17. Organizations.

18. Communication.

V  Solutions.

19. Semantic Service Solutions.

20. Social Service Selection.

21. Economic Service Selection.

VI  Engineering.

22. Building SOC Applications.

23. Service Management.

24. Security.

VII  Directions.

25. Challenge and Extensions.

VIII  Appendices.

Appendix A: XML and XML Schema.

Appendix B: URI, URN, URL and UUID.

Appendix C: XML Namespace Abbreviations.


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This well written title relates all concepts to practical examples and to emerging standards.  It discusses ontologies, Semantic Web technologies, peer-to-peer service discovery, service selection, Web structure and link analysis, distributed transactions, process modelling, and consistency management.  It also explains the use of these technologies for planning, negotiation, contracts, compliance, privacy, and network policies.