Readers Guidelines

The book is organized into several parts, which can be read to some degree independently. The first part (Chapters 2 to 5) is dedicated to the scientific and technological grounding of Semantic Web Services; readers familiar with the basics of Web services, World Wide Web or REST (Representational State Transfer) can start directly with the 2nd part of the book (Chapters 6 to 8), in which the main building blocks of the Web Service Modeling Framework are presented. The subsequent chapters can be seen as complementary to the core WSM* work. Chapter 9 introduces Triple Space computing, a communication and coordination paradigm for Web services based on the Web principle of persistent publish & read which promises to solve the autonomy issues known for message-based services infrastructures. This type of communication is also one of the themes of Chapter 10, which presents a model for lightweight service descriptions motivated by the raise of Web-based RESTful services. These two chapters build upon the notions introduced in the previous chapters, most notably Chapters 4 to 8. Alternative Semantic Web Services approaches are analyzed in Chapter 11, while real-world adoption is treated in Chapters 12 and 13. For a full comprehension of the case studies it is advised that the reader studies Chapters 6 to 8, and possibly also 9 and 10, as these chapters introduce the technologies validated through the case studies. Knowledge of the corresponding R&D projects is, however, not compulsory, though surely helpful. Exercises are given at the end of each of the chapters previously mentioned. They can be solved using the notions introduced in the associated chapter, but may involve the installation of additional software packages available over the Web.

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