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Mastering NetBeans by David Salter

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Web Services

Invoking web services used to be a complicated procedure. You had to choose a client web services library to use and then usually write an Ant script that would parse a WSDL file and generate some client classes for you. Fortunately, NetBeans has made this whole process a lot easier. With NetBeans, we can now simply drag and drop a web service into a class, allowing us to easily invoke web service operations. Let's take a look at exactly what we mean by this.

Within the Web Services node of the Services window, NetBeans is preconfigured with many web service definitions from the following vendors:

  • Amazon
  • Delicious
  • Flickr
  • Google
  • StrikeIton
  • WeatherBug
  • Zillow
  • Zvents

Each of these categories contains one or more different web services that we can ...

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