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RESTful PHP Web Services (From Technologies to Solutions) Paperback – October 30, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: From Technologies to Solutions
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samisa Abeysinghe is Director, Engineering at WSO2. Samisa pioneered the Apache Axis2/C effort and architected the core of the Apache Axis2/C Web services engine. He continues to be an active contributor in the Apache Axis2/C project. His involvement in open-source projects began in 2004 when he started working with the Apache Axis C/C++ project. Prior to his current role, Samisa played the project lead role for the WSO2 Web services Framework for PHP project, which provides comprehensive support for building both SOAP and REST services and clients.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is a good introduction to PHP web services, cURL and DOM. It goes into details of building a web service from scratch. That is good for understanding, but I would much rather use a framework from WSO2 or Zend.

Book has a lot of examples. Though the examples have a few problems
1. Very basic sample programs for RESTful server.
2. A lot of code is printed, but with very little explanation.
3. Code explanation does not offer more than what you would get by reading the code itself. No options or pitfalls are described.
4. Printed code formatting is awful. Statements wrap around, instead of line breaks and indentation. Random words are highlighted. Bold words have no connection to the concept being explained. For example, frequently (but not always) functions have plain "return;" highlighted.
All that makes the book hard to read.

Before buying the book, check websites for WSO2, Zend, Flickr and Yahoo. They have good documentation and tutorials.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Cheli on December 28, 2012
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While this book has some good information, the samples are out of date and hence, don't work; the reason being that many of the 3rd party API's used in the book are deprecated (e.g. Yahoo). If you want some good information on this topic, the the book is good. If you are looking to work with the samples, look for a more current book. Also, the Zend code examples are based on older versions of the framework (prior to 1.08) and are pretty much useless. However, you will learn much about Zend if you take the time to make the convert them to a more current version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Donat on April 30, 2010
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The book is a good exposure to RESTful architecture concepts. The author introduces points of personal bias in his prose, but the objectives are clearly presented. It's a brief exposure and can be a quick read. And of course, it is specific to PHP, while mentioning in passing, other languages applicability to REST. This book is a good starting place for those who wish to learn about REST, before tackling REST in other contexts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Reid on January 21, 2010
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I've been using a lot of RESTful services these days and have been waiting for a good book that is dedicated to the topic. I recently received a copy of 'RESTful PHP Web Services', which does a successful job of outlining proven concepts in current web technology. If you want to learn the methods for creating and consuming RESTful services then you will find many examples in this book. From the architectural plans to well thought out code samples, the book covers a lot of ground in a relatively quick read.

The first chapter gives the reader a quick introduction to RESTful services and the most common PHP frameworks in use at the time of writing. I particularly enjoyed the section on the Zend framework due to the explanation of benefits over the other frameworks. The chapter also covers the very basics which include a detailed look at exactly what RESTful services means and what technologies are required to use and benefit from a RESTful architecture. The second chapter gives a quick run down of the various methods in use for consumption of data; these being Curl, several HTTP methods, processing data with XML, DOM, and SimpleXML. After those are covered there is a simple example of consuming services like Flickr using the previous methods. This transitions into many more examples of consuming real world services that any developer would find interesting and exciting for data mashups.

The real meat of the book starts in chapter four where we get into designing the resource utilization systems and then the resource clients in chapter five. Those topics basically go over the nuts and bolts of gathering data, manipulating it, updating it, as well as creating fresh data.
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