Right on the money! Actually, if XML services are the only option, then I have no problem buying a book and learning. I'm more partial to a free service, but will pay if there are no reliable alternatives. I also don't limit myself to java, if anyone has any other java or non-java alternatives.
Originally posted by Stan James:
...This may quickly lead to your next question if you haven't done it before - how to consume XML web services!
Originally posted by Joel McNary:
I would see if any of the services provide XML data streams. You could open up a java.net.URLConnection to the provider and obtain the XML data stream , parsing it with the javax.xml package.
I did just this to obtain real-time airline information for a limousine company who needed to see if thier clients' flights were delayed. (And thus could dispatch the drivers at a later time, so the drivers wern't waiting time waiting at the airport for a delayed flight...)
Originally posted by Jamie Robertson:
OK, here's the skinny. This is supposed to be a small task. I think that learning SOAP, XML, AXIS, Web Services for this piddly little task might be overkill not to mention that we don't have a webserver, or any of that web jazz. The environment I work in only utilizes core Java, and some fringe network stuff like LDAP, and security, but nothing fancy.