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Java™ Web Services Unleashed by Mark Wutka, Joseph Weber, Arthur Ryman, K. Scott Morrison, Benoît Marchal, Matthias Kloppmann, Steven Haines, Darren Govoni, Francisco Curbera, Frank Cohen, Robert Brunner

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A Simple Web Service: Booking Service

The underlying project for this chapter is a room booking service. Such a service would be useful for business centers, business hotels, or a multinational company with offices in various locations. (If you're unfamiliar with business centers, they rent meeting rooms for short duration, sometimes as little as half a day.)

Because it's not possible to hold two meetings in the same room at the same time, you need to track room usage. You also need a mechanism to reserve rooms for a date.

In both cases (business center or multinational), it is useful to make the booking system available on the Internet. Obviously, the business center benefits if travel agencies and others can book its rooms. The multinational ...

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