WebLogic Web Services: Getting Started

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Introduction and Roadmap

This section describes the contents and organization of this guide—WebLogic Web Services: Getting Started.


Document Scope and Audience

This document is a resource for software developers who develop WebLogic Web Services. It also contains information that is useful for business analysts and system architects who are evaluating WebLogic Server or considering the use of WebLogic Web Services for a particular application.

The topics in this document are relevant during the design and development phases of Web Services. The document also includes topics that are useful in solving application problems that are discovered during test and pre-production phases of a project.

This document does not address production phase administration, monitoring, or performance tuning Web Service topics. For links to WebLogic Server® documentation and resources for these topics, see Related Documentation.

It is assumed that the reader is familiar with Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) Version 5 and Web Services concepts, the Java programming language, and Web technologies. This document emphasizes the value-added features provided by WebLogic Web Services and key information about how to use WebLogic Server features and facilities to get a WebLogic Web Service application up and running.


WebLogic Web Services Documentation Set

This document is part of a larger WebLogic Web Services documentation set that covers a comprehensive list of Web Services topics. The full documentation set includes the following documents:


Guide to This Document

This document is organized as follows:


Related Documentation

This document contains information specific to basic WebLogic Web Services topics. See WebLogic Web Services Documentation Set for a description of the related Web Services documentation.

For comprehensive guidelines for developing, deploying, and monitoring WebLogic Server applicationssee the following documents:


Samples for the Web Services Developer

In addition to this document, BEA Systems provides a variety of code samples for Web Services developers. The examples and tutorials illustrate WebLogic Web Services in action, and provide practical instructions on how to perform key Web Service development tasks.

BEA recommends that you run some or all of the Web Service examples before programming your own application that use Web Services.

Avitek Medical Records Application (MedRec) and Tutorials

MedRec is an end-to-end sample Java EE application shipped with WebLogic Server that simulates an independent, centralized medical record management system. The MedRec application provides a framework for patients, doctors, and administrators to manage patient data using a variety of different clients.

MedRec demonstrates WebLogic Server and Java EE features, and highlights BEA-recommended best practices. MedRec is included in the WebLogic Server distribution, and can be accessed from the Start menu on Windows machines. For Linux and other platforms, you can start MedRec from the WL_HOME\samples\domains\medrec directory, where WL_HOME is the top-level installation directory for WebLogic Server.

As companion documentation to the MedRec application, BEA provides development tutorials that provide step-by-step procedures for key development tasks, including Web Service-specific tasks. See Application Examples and Tutorials for the latest information.

Web Services Examples in the WebLogic Server Distribution

WebLogic Server optionally installs API code examples in WL_HOME\samples\server\examples\src\examples\webservices, where WL_HOME is the top-level directory of your WebLogic Server installation. You can start the examples server, and obtain information about the samples and how to run them from the WebLogic Server Start menu.

Additional Web Services Examples Available for Download

Additional API examples for download can be found at http://dev2dev.bea.com. These examples include BEA-certified ones, as well as examples submitted by fellow developers.


Release-Specific WebLogic Web Services Information

For release-specific information, see these sections in WebLogic Server Release Notes:


Summary of WebLogic Web Services Features

The following list summarizes the main features of WebLogic Web Services and provides links for additional detailed information:

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