ID2208 Programming Web-Services 7.5 credits

Programmering av Web-tjänster

Web services offer a new and evolving paradigm for building distributed applications. They enable any organization or individual to make its digital assets available with unprecedented ease and convenience. This course introduces fundamental principles and techniques for building Web services as well as gives training in application of the techniques to programming particular Web services.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students CANCELLED

Intended learning outcomes

The course explores Web services from two perspectives:

  • as a technology designed for publishing software services to the Internet.
  • as a general-purpose architecture that triggers a fundamental shift in the way that all distributed systems are created.

The main goal of the course is to give students knowledge about basic methods and techniques in Web services and to provide an insight into current and future directions of the area.

During the course students should learn:

  1. What is Web services and Service Oriented Architecture. This means that students should understand what Web services offer as a new and evolving paradigm for building distributed applications.
  2. What are main Web services standards. This means that students should understand principles of Web service messaging, description and discovery that enable any organization or individual to make its digital assets available.
  3. What are basic components of Web services technology that are above the messaging, description and discovery. This means that students should learn about methods of Web service coordination, composition and security and policy as well as dealing with states in Web services.
  4. How to utilize semantics in Web services. This means that students should learn about principles of semantic Web services.
  5. Understand ethical aspects and importance of sustainability in developing software services.
  6. Get experience in reporting and discussing results of the course homework and project both in oral and written forms.

The course also includes a seminar as a part of the Software Engineering of Distributed Systems master program. The intention of the seminar is to put the course into the context of the software services research in general and into the context of the master program in particular.

Course main content

Introduction and basic concepts of Web services. Basics of markup languages and XML. XML messaging (SOAP). Web Service description (WSDL). Web Service discovery (UDDI). WS-Policy description. Web services coordination (WS-Coordination and WS-Transaction). Web Service composition methods (BPEL4WS). Web services security. Semantic Web Services (RDF and OWL-S). Web services and stateful resources. Future trends. Practical part of the course includes exercises and a project involving implementation of Web services


  • Computer Science courses 30 hp
  • Operating Systems courses 7,5 hp
  • Computer Programming courses 7,5 hp
  • English "level B" (from Swedish Gymnasium) or similar

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge and skills corresponding to Introduction to Computer Science and Operating systems course. Knowledge of Java.


Textbook for the course:

Stive Graham, Doug Davis, Simeon Simeonov, Glen Daniels, Peter Brittenham, Yuici Nakamura, Paul Fremantle, Dieter König and Claudia Zentner. "Building Web Services with Java: Making sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI", Second Edition, Sams Publishing, ISBN 0-672-32641-8 (available in the Kista Electrum book store)

Lecture notes

Recommended Reading:

The following sources are recommended to obtain a deeper understanding of the subject.

  • H. M. Deitel at al. Web Services. A Technical Introduction. Pearson Education. 2003
  • E. Cerami. Web Services Essentials. O’Reilly and Associates.2002.
  • R. Schmelzer et al. XML and Web Services, Sams, 2002
  • G. Glass. Web Services. Building Blocks for Distributed Systems. Prentice Hall. 2002
  • G. Alonso. Web Services. Concepts, Architectures and Applications. Springer, 2004
  • Allemang, D., Hendler, J. (2011). "RDF –The basis of the Semantic Web. In: Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist (2nd Ed.)". Morgan Kaufmann
  • "XML and Semantic Web W3C Standards Timeline". 2012-02-04.

Additional articles in the curriculum may be added during the course.


  • ANN1 - Assignment, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Written examination (TEN1 4.5 hp)

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science


Matskin, Mihhail


Mihhail Matskin <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.