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RESTful .NET: Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5 Paperback – November 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0596519209 ISBN-10: 0596519206 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596519206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596519209
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5

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Although Jon Flanders spent the first few years of his professional life as an attorney, he quickly found chasing bits more interesting than chasing ambulances. After working with ASP and COM, he made the move to .NET. Jon is most at home spelunking, trying to figure out exactly how .NET (specifically ASP.NET and Visual Studio .NET) works. Deducing the details and disseminating that information to other developers is his passion.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aspi Havewala on January 24, 2009
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There are two things I really liked about Flanders' book:

(1) It has a gradual progression from concept to implementation that is both easy to read and very structured. It made the whole book very valuable. The initial section on REST is concise and either enlightening or revision, depending on what you already know. The transition to WCF programming is just as smooth.

(2) It zeroes in on the essentials and provides very lean tutorials on the meat of implementing RESTful services. This is key because WCF as a technology is fairly dense and sprawling. Flanders starts with a quick tutorial of non-SOAP based web programming using WCF. And he covers both server side API implementation and client side consumption of the same.

RESTful .NET's biggest strength is that it is concise, clear and lean. To that point, you need the basics of HTTP, SOAP, WCF, XML, C# and (briefly) ASP in place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Milford on January 6, 2014
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While everything that Richard K Harrison says about this book it true, the unfortunate fact is that this book was published in 2008. Microsoft has since shifted it's REST service effort out of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and into ASP.Net MVC. In short, the WCF REST Toolkit is unsupported and Microsoft now recommends using ASP.Net Web API for REST.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jorin M. Slaybaugh on June 1, 2009
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I started reading this book after finishing Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2 so I was already somewhat familiar with the basic principles of REST services in .NET but wanted more details about the inner workings of REST and specifically the details of configuration within IIS and web.config. Well, this book definitely covers the inner workings of REST within WCF VERY throroughly, but in my opinion, the approach was kind of counter-intuitive. He begins by providing command line examples, and perhaps it is due to my overall lack of experience with WCF, but I couldnt identify with the implementation of such an example, and the details of the web.config setup were only cursorily mentioned--everything was created in code. So, my exact goal was not fully acheived, however, the advantages of this book as a reference greatly outweigh that single disadvantage. The author delves quite deeply into an explanation of behaviors, endpoints, serialization, deserialization, and the URI template syntax -- which basically are the key aspects of REST in WCF.NET. Even without a background in WCF, this book gets you up to speed very quickly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Yates on October 14, 2009
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I like the way the author writes; however, I have a few problems with the book as a whole:
- The example code is a mess. It's badly formatted and a lot of just doesn't work. If you don't believe me, download it yourself before buying the book: [...]
- There is just not enough focus on the client (the book contains 11 chapters and chapter 10 is client code). However, the example must have been an academic exercise for the author who focused on SSDS rather than a simpler example. He would have been better off sticking to his example code and focusing more on security from the client's perceptive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan M. Anger on April 3, 2011
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You can configure WCF to do so many things, its good to have a book dedicated to running with one architectural style. This book has been by my desk for a majority of the last two weeks as we were prototyping heavily. Obviously if you're doing stuff with SOAP and aren't interesting in changing your style, a more general book would be more applicable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Aminian on January 15, 2011
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Lots of good material covered in a concise manner. Overall, the information given here is very useful but a good amount of background WCF knowledge is assumed. The best WCF RESTful reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Rojas Mendez on November 5, 2010
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Good introduction to rest with .net. I'm a WCF dev so I can say that this book helps me a lot to design out rest API for our services consumers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akash Aggarwal on April 2, 2009
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This is the only book you need if you are building new web services or exposing existing one in REST style. Right on time and money. I have not seen any comparable book which talk about REST support for WCF in that depth.
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