This article introduces a couple of techniques that you can use to build interoperable Web services that take and return object collections. This is the first of a series of articles covering this subject. Future articles will cover more detailed scenarios. (This intermediate-level article was first published by IBM developerWorks, May 28, 2004, at http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks).
Andre Tost works as a Solution Architect in the WebSphere Business Development group, where he helps IBM's Strategic Alliance partners integrate their applications with WebSphere Studio. His special focus is on Web services technology throughout the WebSphere product family. Before his current assignment, he spent ten years in various development and architecture roles in IBM software development, most recently for the WebSphere Business Components product. Originally from Germany, he now lives and works in Rochester, Minnesota. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family and play and watch soccer whenever possible. You can contact Andre at email@example.com.
Tony Cowan is a senior consultant with the IBM Software Services for WebSphere (ISSW) team in IBM. He has been consulting in distributed system development for over 11 years and has lead IBM teams on many projects with fortune 1000 companies. Tony currently focuses on teaching Web services and Web services security to IBM consultants and customers. A frequent speaker at technical events, one of Tony's primary objectives at IBM is to bring real customer requirements to the IBM development teams to assist in aligning IBM products with real world needs. You can contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org.