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on July 1, 2016
This is not a beginners book.

If you have a great foundation of php, mysql, xml, html, and javascript. This book will be of great assistance for your adventures in connecting to great eCommerce apis.

On the other hand, if you do not have the fundamentals down, this book will be a bit frustrating and you will have to reread some sections more than once.
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on April 29, 2007
The overviews are also excellent for concise functional descriptions that can be read by anyone with a general technical background. In sharp contrast to most technical books of this nature, this one is well organized, well written and very readable. It uses the PHP programming script/language to delve into specific implementation details, but the information can be readily understood regardless of the reader's specific language of choice. The material is presented in two sections. The first section in four chapters provides a general foundation in web services (or Service Oriented Architecture to use current technoabble). The second section in eight chapters describes specific uses and conventions for these services provided by the major companies of the New Economy, who are driving these technologies as engines of commerce. This field is an amalgam of several technologies, each with a huge supporting literature, and one of the more remarkable things about this book is the degree of editing it took to bring to the forefront those items that can immediately be used. Well worth the investment.

Those working on the PayPal services should also acquire 'Pro PayPal eCommerce' by Damon Williams as an excellent companion reference.Pro PayPal E-Commerce (Expert's Voice)
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on June 8, 2012
It is a good book to start with. The book talked about some major APIs and how to use them. The book is full of examples and codes. It would be a good book if you are just come into API field and need some basic knowledge.
However, the writer spent only one short chapter on how to create your own API, which will not help you if you are trying to build your own web service.
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on March 22, 2009
If you are looking for quick reference and example of each listed topic, then this book is a good start.

It is not a terrible book, just not such a great resource. You can find the same information if not more in couple of hours online, and chances are you won't use it much.

The book covers how to connect to each of the services and retrieves the data. I purchased it mainly for the Amazon API, and I can say it was lacking at best.

It pretty much explained REST and SOUP calls, what the parameters to pass with few examples. Something you can find anywhere online and there are definitely better books out there.

If you want quick reference to different type of services and how to make REST or SOUP calls in one book, then get a used copy of it, but honestly I would not buy it again, and I am a book junkie who collects books for reference.
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on January 9, 2015
This book is completed outdated. The amazon part needs a major refresh. None of the examples work.
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on September 22, 2014
I love it !
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