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RESTful Java with Jax-RS (Animal Guide) Paperback – December 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0596158040 ISBN-10: 0596158041 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Animal Guide
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596158041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596158040
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Burke is a Fellow at the JBoss division of REd Hat Inc. A long time JBoss contributor and architect, his current project is RESTEasy, RESTful Web Services for Java.


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It's one of those books that are just right.
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If you are new to REST, start with RESTful web services and then move on to this book.
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All the code through the book is well-formatted and easy to read and understand.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Holland on December 16, 2009
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This is a good book to get a novice like me up and running pretty quickly with RESTful web services. There is light coverage of the JSR-311 specification, which is both good and bad. When you're a busy practioner, you don't have time to read a 1,000+ page book on abstract concepts, but I believe the author could have spent more than one chapter on covering concepts.

The book is full of examples, which is great to develop a web service quickly, but the author often did not explain why he chose to develop his services one way versus another. This lack of an explanation can leave a developer guessing when he has a real-world issue to deal with that is slightly different from the examples.

The biggest drawback to the book is all of the typos. It really bothers me when I'm trying to understand new concepts, and the reference material that I'm using has significant typos. I hope that the author will correct those for the next release of the book.

Having written all of that, this book is probably the best (maybe only) book in the market right now that explains the REST from a Java perspective.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2010
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No one really enjoys reading specs, particularly not JSRs (Java Specification Requests, for those of you who are lucky enough not to have encountered these fun-filled documents). For those of you doing Java web development and looking for a good way to build RESTful applications, this might have been a sore spot when trying to understand JAX-RS -- the Java specification that outlines an API for building REST apps using annotations.

While both Jersey and RESTeasy, two popular implementations of JAX-RS, do provide fairly helpful user guides, the specification provides a wide-ranging set of capabilities and neither sufficiently conveyed the breadth of these, in my opinion. But now there is a new resource in the form of Bill Burke's RESTful Java with JAX-RS. Bill is the creator of JBoss' RESTeasy framework so he knows the specification well and it shows in this book.

The book explores building a RESTful web app from the ground up and includes a full workbook in the second section with complete examples. The examples are included with the download of RESTeasy, which was not immediately obvious on my first read through. Each chapter of the workbook matches a chapter from earlier in the book giving the reader the opportunity to try out the ideas they've just read about. This feels like a good format for a book like this -- a motivated reader can charge through the content of the book to get a cohesive view of the API, while not getting too bogged down in the details of setting up each example.

Some of the most interesting material that's harder to get from the users guides and online tutorials is covered in the material on content negotiation in chapter eight and content marshalling in chapter six.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lars Tackmann on April 26, 2010
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The book starts out with a basic introduction to RESTful web services. I didn't need it, and if you are a REST novice I suggest you pick up Restful Web Services first, as you will be missing many crucial insights without it.

The book then covers the complete JAX-RS standard, while keeping the language straightforward so that everyone can understand it. There is plenty of code to learn from and as in his EJB book, the author have devoted the last half of the book to full working examples. These are build with Maven (so they can work in any Java IDE) and covers a multitude of subjects, including Spring/EJB integration and unit testing with embedded Jetty.

Bill obviously knows his business (even if he admits to being a long standing Corba fanboy) and overall I find the book to be concise, detailed, and well written. However it only gets 4 stars as some of the subjects seams a little rushed (such as JAXB integration and its REST introduction).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Jiang on April 14, 2011
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If you are a Java developer with some Web and/or Web service experience, this book will be very easy to read, whether you are new to REST, have done REST with a different framework/API (e.g. plain Java servlet), or have done some JAX-RS before but want to have a thorough understanding of the JAX-RS API.

You can skip chapter 1 if you want to see JAX-RS in action, and go straight to chapters 2, 3, 4 and 6, as I did.

The JAX-RS spec is very well covered in this book. Ideally, I would like to see the REST Client API from Jersey covered as well (in addition to that of RESTEasy).

(Update): REST Client API has been standardized in JAX-RS 2.0 which will be covered by the 2nd edition of this book (to be published in November 2013), according to the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 4, 2010
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Original review written by Gianfranco Tognana, JUG Lugano, [...]

This book is a fresh rediscovery of [...] and the web

The introductory chapter gives an overview of what REST is, and how JAX-RS specifications address this philosophy.

Each chapter describes part of JAX-RS accurately and clearly and the snippets of code presented are properly explained.
The last chapters present the integration with the most popular JEE frameworks: EJB and Spring and a really helpful explanation about the available tools to perform test of Restful applications

For each chapter of theory, in the second part of the book, a workbook, there is a chapter with examples. Such organization allows you to get an overview of the API without having to constantly jump pages containing examples and yet is simple to move from theory to practice going to the matching section of the workbook.

Following the directions of the workbook, you can easily download the source code which contains plenty of well documented examples.

The only fact to be moved is the explicit statement that the code as presented should not be used in production (not for copyright issues): a novice can only imagine what its limits are but without having an alternative.

It is well written, focused on the subject and easily understood.

This book is an excellent tutorial and a quick reference.
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