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An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit and recently contributed to the book "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" (by Subbu Allamaraju). When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449306578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449306571
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Amundsen is Principal API Architect for Layer 7 Technologies. An internationally known author and lecturer, he travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successfully evolve over time.

He has more than a dozen books to his credit. When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA.

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Block on January 8, 2012
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If you are a hypermedia developer you should read this book. If you are building web apis to reach multiple devices then you should read this book. If you are building web apis that will be around for a long time and evolve over many versions, then read this book. Hypermedia systems have been around since the dawn of the web, however they have mainly been HTML pages offered up to a browser agent. It Is extremely rare that you see the usage of hypermedia in web apis / machine to machine scenarios.

Hypermedia is basically a black art that very few folks actually understand. I experienced this first hand as the Program Manager for a new web api framework we were building at Microsoft, as hypermedia was something that we wanted our framework to support. I immediately discovered that there was very little literature on the concept, there was no definitive reference to turn to. The guidance was mainly spread through a set of articles and through thousands of mail threads. Mike is one of the few who actually gets it having many years of experience building such systems. He is one of the foremost experts on the topic. Just head to his blog or the REST discussion list and you'll see this is the case.

This book is important because wIth it Mike lifts the veil of mystery of how to build such systems, taking it from a black art to something broadly available to developers. Mike goes into depth defining what hypermedia is and the different ways it can manifest itself. He describes the different types of hypermedia controls and how best to use them. Mike also pays particular attention to using hypermedia in javascript agents running in the browser, something that is extremely relevant today considering the rise of rich ajax style applications using frameworks like jQuery and extjs. The book is not a book of theory, from start to finish it uses real world examples to illustrate the concepts.

I highly recommend it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Norman Richards on May 16, 2012
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As REST discussion has matured into a focus on hypermedia APIs, it's easy to get lost amidst all the ideas. Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node grounds the discussion by providing a few practical examples that can be absorbed and understood. Instead of saying "a hypermedia API could work like ..." this book simply creates a few APIs and implements client and server functionality on them. It's not an exhaustive discussion of ideals, it's something you can take and immediately apply. If you are wondering "Ok, I get it, but how would it actually work in practice" then this book is for you.

Note - although the examples in the book are implemented in nodejs, it is clearly not a book about nodejs. The language and tools are implementation details. You could easily implement these APIs in any language.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Riley on April 12, 2012
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If you don't know what a hypermedia API is, think that REST is all about pretty URIs, or think RPC is all the rage, you owe it to yourself to amend your thinking by picking up this book. I don't think this will convince you to go all out for hypermedia, but you'll get a solid, clear foundation for how hypermedia can help you better design and implement web APIs. This book covers the case for both human and machine clients. In particular, I found the use of HTML5 a real treat, as I'd never considered it for machine-to-machine communications. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerald S. Radcliff on June 5, 2012
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This is a good intro to building hypermedia apis. It definitely gives you the information that you need to start reviewing if hypermedia apis are right for you. Don't let the HTML5 and Node thing throw you, the information really does apply to whatever language you are working with.
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It's a great intro to hypermedia and if you work with web services of any kind, any technology it's the kind of book that helps expanding your horizons and suggesting different approaches to common problems. I don't think the title was a great choice. "Why web services often fail and what we can do about it" could have worked better :) Or maybe "The Woodstock of web services" :) Anyways, the only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that I'm not entirely convinced of the practicality of some of those concepts. But that's absolutely nothing against the author nor the book, it's just that hypermedia services are so different than traditional web services that you have to question a few things before start making design changes here and there. Definitely a book worth reading.
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