RESTful Web Services by Mark Hansen

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This meeting is being co-sponsored by our sister JUG, the Silicon Valley JUG.

  • Meeting: Silicon Valley Web Developer JUG (SV-WEB-JUG)
  • Date: September 23, 2008
  • Cost: Always FREE to all!
  • Topic: RESTful Web Services
  • Speakers: Mark Hansen


REST vs. SOAP has been a long running debate for several years. Most of the Java technology for web service enablement has focussed on SOAP. Several recent developments are now making it easier to develop RESTful web services with Java. Two frameworks that support RESTful services in Java will be explained.

The first is JSR-311; JAX-RS Java API for RESTful Web Services. Just as JAX-WS provides a mechanism for binding WSDL and SOAP to Java, JAX-RS provides annotations and APIs for binding HTTP to Java so that Java methods can support RESTful services. An example of how to use JAX-WS to build a RESTful web service will be demonstrated.

The second framework is ServiceLayer - a product being developed by AgileIT. ServiceLayer does not require Java code modifications to existing classes, like the annotations that JAX-WS and JAX-RS employ. Instead, ServiceLayer provides a configurable wrapper the exposes web services and binds them to production Java applications at runtime. An example of using ServiceLayer to web service enable an existing Struts application will be demonstrated.


18:30-19:00 Arrive & mingle -- Food & drinks provided by Google

19:00-20:30 Presentation by Mark Hansen

Speaker Bios

Mark Hansen is the author of "SOA Using Java Web Services" - the primary reference book used by Java developers creating web services. Mark is also the founder of AgileIT ( - the company developing ServiceLayer.

Previously, Mark has served as a visiting scholar at MIT where he researched applications for process and data integration using web services technology. He also founded, grew, and sold a successful eBusiness consulting firm —Kinderhook Systems. Kinderhook was acquired by Xpedior, Inc. (a subsidiary of PSINet) where Mark became executive vice president for the eastern region.

Prior to founding Kinderhook Systems, Mark was a founder and vice president of technology for QDB Solutions, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based software firm providing tools for data integrity management in corporate data warehouses. QDB Solutions was acquired by Prizm Technologies in 1997.

Mark earned a Ph.D. from the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, a masters degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Cornell University.

Mark currently serves as a member of the expert group for JAX-RS: The Java™ API for RESTful Web Services JSR-311.


Google, Inc. (GooglePlex Map)
Location May Change to a Larger Room
Tunis Conference Room, (Bldg. 43)
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Please enter from the north side of the building, in the middle of the Google campus. Also, parking will be much easier to find in the lots south of Bldg. 44 across the street from the main complex.


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