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RESTful Web Services Cookbook
While the REST design philosophy has captured the imagination of web and enterprise developers alike, using this approach to develop real web services is no picnic. This cookbook includes more than 100 recipes to help you take advantage of REST, HTTP, and the infrastructure of the Web. You'll learn ways to design RESTful web services for client and server applications that ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by Yahoo Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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An example of a book that hasn't aged too well - while most of the advice is still sound, most of it is now common knowledge. Also, some recipes are too dated for today's RESTful ecosystem, especially the reliance on Atom and XML. But all in all, an okay read, especially considering the publication date.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone designing or building a RESTful web API! It is extremely well written and concise considering the amount of material covered. The overall layout and flow of the book is surprisingly good too, considering it takes a "cookbook" style format. I ended up reading it cover to cover, re-referencing items as needed. The choice of topics covered are very well thought out too, and the descriptions of the problems and solutions in each topic are just as good. I ...more
This book is not an introduction to REST. But if you are already aware of what REST is, and are looking for a set of solutions to implement it, this is a book you must own. Practical and useful, this is definitely a practitioners handbook. The only drawback (in my view) is that the examples are mostly in AtomPub, rather than in JSON or XML.
This book is a great collection of recipes to cook your web services. Unfortunately it's a bit outdated, but from my perspective most of its parts are still relevant. It's sort of a book that's easy to read and easy to comprehend, i would recommend it to anyone who strives to build robust and scalable web apps.
My score 4/5
My score 4/5
My experience with this book was similar to that described in Charles Bihis' review. I also read it cover to cover, and have found it useful for foundational reference. I highly recommend this introduction to RESTful web services for software engineers.
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