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Pro ADO.NET Data Services: Working with RESTful Data (Expert's Voice in .NET) 2009th Edition

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John Shaw has worked in business processing and integration for over 10 years and has architected some of the largest Microsoft integration projects in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. His technical expertise includes implementing Microsoft BizTalk and messaging standards for a variety of clients in finance, supply chain, and other sectors. Most recently, he founded SphereGen, a niche company that provides a blended model of low-cost onshore and offshore solutions for its clients. Prior to that, John worked as the U.S. BizTalk Practice Lead for Conchango, where he obtained BizTalk Virtual Technical Specialist (VTS) status within Microsoft.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143021614X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430216148
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OnceMore TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for learning how to build, consume, and integrate REST-Style Data Services into real-world applications that utilize different types of client technologies. Divided into four parts, the book gets things rolling in Part One by introducing in the first three chapters foundational concepts such as: what is REST, how are RESTful Services different from SOAP-based Services, what functionalities are provided and not provided out of the box in ADO.Net Data Services (e.g., no built-in authentication mechanism, etc), what's entailed in building and consuming such services, and what are the best practices for debugging and handling concurrency, security, and service exceptions. The single chapter in Part Two provides commentaries and suggestions on how to add ADO.Net Data Services to legacy applications so that investments in existing code is preserved while creating a new path for evolving new functionalities. The next four chapters in Part Three are, for me, the meatiest part of the book. This is where the authors show you how to integrate ADO.Net Data Services with different types of client technologies such as ASP.Net, Ajax, Silverlight, Popfly Mashups and Biztalk. Each of these chapters include a discussion of the client technology, what issues you may encounter when attempting to consume ADO.Net Data Services and how to resolve or workaround those issues. The book concludes with a single chapter in Part Four discussing currently known future plans for ADO.Net Data Services and related technologies. Overall, I think the authors did a great job providing lots of information, advice, and code exercises (the zip file for which is downloadable from Apress' web site).
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A really decent introduction to REST-Style Data Services and their applications - you basically get the tech side explaining the services, and then how they might be applied, and personally I found the examples as useful as the specs. In the current competitive market, RESTful Services are on the rise, and it's important to know how they differ from SOAP Services, the dubugging which is importance for the maintanance of these services when they are live with a client. The good part is that all pre-existing code can be preserved, and part two explains this--and I should know, given how difficult it is to write code!

If you currently use ADO.Net Data Services, part three is a cool addition to aiding the development of new technologies -- this is the coolest part. What are Ajax, Silverlight, Popfly Mashups and Biztalk? You gotta know, cos if you don't, you can't be cutting edge. Biztalk is the bet covered here, but the others get attention -- I would just recommend it for biztalk the most.

What's the downside of this book? Hard to see. The prices are always tricky with these books when the tech. market moves so fast. I'd say here is a surprise though...I looked up John Shaw...he seems to be a 'chipmaster' in the US (whatever that is) but as this is a UK publication, I think it's a good addition to the market, and would sell in the US (I am writing from Washington, DC).
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This book covers not only ado.net data services, but all associated server and client technologies that we need to create a real project, like WCF, ASP.NET, Silverlight, BizzTalk, Entity Framework, popFly, and more.

The book talk about all these tecnologies as the reader don't know them, starting at the beggining of each one and going directly to how to use the technology with ado.net data services.

About data services, the book explain the details about the protocols used by data services, REST and the methods PUT, GET, DELETE. The book show the architecture of data services in a protocol level, because that this book will became a good reference for a long time.

I searched in the book for the most critical points of data services, like security, bussiness rules and so on, it's all there with samples and practical information to create real applications with data services.
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As I have come to expect from APress, this book is a good as the others. I first learned about ADO.NET Data Services at MIX08 in March 2008, and tried to learn more about it on my own. Frustrated with the lack of concrete examples I put it aside.

Then this book came out! How the authors explain the concepts is great, and make it easy to understand. The code samples are concise and work. And there are enough real life examples to make it a very good book to learn from.

James Johnson
Inland Empire .NET User's Group
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