This book/CD-ROM package offers a guide to delivering standards- based Web services and ensuring interoperability among leading platforms, presenting insights and hands-on examples from every core Web services technology. It describes major concepts of Web services and guides readers through the process of building and invoking a simple Web service. Advanced topics include WSDL, security, and building systems that incorporate Web services using .NET and J2EE platforms. The CD- ROM contains GLUE Standard Edition, a Java Web services platform based on open standards. Glass runs a firm specializing in Web services.