By octav on Nov 18, 2007
Web Services have become synonymous with interoperability (A "feature" demanded by the customers that need to make both .NET and Java, IT investments). There are couple of approaches to exposing functionality as a web service. The more established one is using SOAP & WSDL and the "newer" Representational State Transfer (REST) style web services. Of course tooling has not been far behind the trends and all the respectable vendors have some support for web services. JSR 311 has been coming along in describing an API developers can use to build RESTful web services.
In NetBeans 6, you'll find very useful functionality that enables you to build and test a RESTful web service. The best way is to start with with short tutorial. To learn more about the JAX-RS API, take a look at this blog.
By the way, since RESTful Web Services support in Java is still an evolving technology, the tooling resides on the NetBeans update center. Just use the Tools | Plugins menu and look for "RESTfull Web Services" in the Web & Java EE category. Once you install the plugin, you'll also get a few samples that will help you get started.