- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Yahoo Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596801688
- ISBN-13: 978-0596801687
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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RESTful Web Services Cookbook: Solutions for Improving Scalability and Simplicity 1st Edition
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If you are looking for a book on how to use Python or Java or similar to create a REST web server, this is *not* the book for you. If you are heavy into JSON, look elsewhere, this book is XML-centric. If you are trying to understand HTTP/XML from first principles, and build the very best REST platform you can, you have come to the right place.
Picking this book up after a recommendation from an HN reader, I got 4 chapters in before the smoke cleared in my brain and I had multiple "Ah ha!" moments such that the whole concept cleared up for me in a matter of days.
It could be the writing style or presentation, but I just found it really easy to digest and answering all my questions as they popped up in my head.
An excellent resource for anyone else working on RESTful API design.
There is also some good information on presenting resources that are not nouns, nouns are easy right you have a collection of people for example, you want to list all the people and do CRUD operations on a particular person. This to me is classical rest and is strait forward to do, but what about verbs (not in the POST, DELETE http sense) but in the give me driving directions sense. The book covers this and actually uses driving directions as it's example.
There are a couple of issues I'm still trying to find covered in the book, like how to do pagination on a collection of resources correctly. There is at least one recipe on this, but I did not see how to indicate a default page size (ie I requested all user accounts, but only returned first 200 dues to size, how does the client know that 200 were returned)
The other thing is the proper way to use http get parameters in search and other limiting operations. It would be nice to have some basic recipes there, but to be fair I might just not have seen them yet.
All in all it's a nice addition to your technical library.