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RESTful .NET: Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5 1st Edition

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Book Description

Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596519206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596519209
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is a well written and very thorough book about REST, what it is, how it works and how to use it in a .Net environment. It starts at a fairly basic level on this subject and covers every aspect of this technology in detail.

The Preface of this book indicates that the book is for .Net Developers who are familiar with REST and WCF and recommends other books as prerequisites for those not already familiar with these. Certainly it is true that someone completely unfamiliar with these areas would find the book difficult to follow. The book does review the basics of REST pretty well, and it is clear about the purpose and use of WCF for those who, though familiar with it, might be "rusty" or not well versed.

I have been a software developer for over 30 years, and have been working in .Net since about 2004. I have written WCF services and I have been to a few lectures on REST and "played with" RESTful interfaces from time to time, but I would not consider myself an expert on either of these subjects. I did not find this book to be an "easy read" by any means; it is a highly technical book. But I did find it to be very clearly written and well organized. The author, Jon Flanders, is obviously extremely well qualified to cover the subject and does everything possible to explain each aspect of the technologies covered; including descriptions of what each feature is for, what it is not suited for, and how to use it.

After reviewing the basics and explaining the programming models, the book eases into the subject of writing RESTful services by covering Read-Only services, which may well be as much as some programmers need to know about it. But this is not a book for every programmer who wants to write a RESTful service.
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The idea of a book on RESTful WCF was very sound but it faced a few problems the main one being that the REST support in WCF isn't great. Key aspects of REST just aren't handled by WCF and unfortunately this book glosses over these issues which is a pity because key aspects of REST don't get mentioned.

I would thus recommend that in addition to this book you should look at getting a good understanding of other aspects of REST including HATEOAS. Luckily OReilly already have RESTful Web Services which to some extent covers these topics, and more general REST issues, and they also have a couple of other excellent REST books coming out soon.
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