January 8, 2003

#3: Object-Oriented Programming

OOP is not language specific, but as with most things, it is easier to learn while using concrete examples. For this reason, you may want to first pick a language from the four names in the following section. After making the leap to OOP in one language, youll find its

#6: Regular Expressions

While regular expressions are most commonly used for text manipulation, such as searching and search-and-replace, they can also be used to test for certain conditions in a text file or data stream. The usefulness of this functionality?especially as it pertains to Web service development?is fairly obvious. These articles cover the

#5: JavaScript

Our QuickStarts and 10-Minute Solutions should help you get a painless jumpstart on your foray into JavaScript. There’s lots of short tutorials here that will teach you to accomplish very small, specific tasks, putting you on the right track to succeed and build on your successes. Beginner:JavaScript QuickStartThe JavaScript Developer

#8: Flash MX

You’ll find it far easier to familiarize yourself with Flash MX if you already know how to use Flash. If you don’t, don’t worry. There are plenty of resources available for those starting at step one. The Flash MX development environment even comes with its own built-in contextual tutorials, which

#7: Design Patterns

Using design patterns again assumes a thorough knowledge of an OOP language as well as OOP principles. This is another situation where you might want to acquire a book or two. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of design patters there are to learn; pick one that makes sense to

Applying Design Issues and Patterns in Web Services

reation of Web service applications is yet another complex task to add to the IT department’s list. Experience suggests it is not enough to approach Web services development armed with documentation on just the underlying technologies, such as SOAP and WSDL. Developers must also study the design issues and patterns