- Paperback: 454 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596529260
- ISBN-13: 978-0596529260
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RESTful Web Services Paperback – May 15, 2007
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About the Author
Leonard Richardson (http://www.crummy.com/) is the author of the Ruby Cookbook (O'Reilly) and of several open source libraries, including Beautiful Soup. A California native, he currently lives in New York.
Sam Ruby is a prominent software developer who has made significant contributions to the many of the Apache Software Foundation's open source projects, and to the standardization of web feeds via his involvement with the Atom web feed standard and the popular Feed Validator web service.He currently holds a Senior Technical Staff Member position in the Emerging Technologies Group of IBM. He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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The most common complaint is that the source code examples are in Ruby. That CAN be a problem, but if you skim the code with the comments and the description that follows after that you'll see the code is more of an illustration. The description is lucid enough for you to know what (type of) methods to call from your favorite library/framework! So effectively you can forget that the code snippets are in Ruby - honestly, the way REST works you won't need to really look at Ruby code to figure out how to implement. Since I am not a Ruby fan I cut off a star :)
The missing part however is nothing to say 'When is REST' inappropriate - it's not a silver bullet for building web applications and the like. However, if you are thinking of buying this book and think it's expensive, may I suggest a "used - like new" option. I got mine for about $5 and I must say the book is totally worth it! (From a content point of view too :)
This book answers those questions more completely than any other resource out there. It has been one of the most valuable books I have held with me for it has shown me in all its glorious theory, practice and examples, how I may generate complex service-oriented behavior using simple rules. Once immersed, 400 pages will fly by. The rules were always out there, what this book does is simply to explain them to the rest of us, who have not 'got it' yet and how to play by those rules. Read the book. Chew on it. When you understand the vision and the road-map it lays out to achieve the vision, as you begin to see how you may scale those seemingly-unsurmountable web-service hurdles, you will be as glad as I am now, to have invested in this wonderful book.
You may desire to stay completely RESTful in your design principals but as we know "in theory, theory and practice are the same, but in practice they are different." and sometimes you can't stick to architectural theory when implementing a solution. This book explains why its okay to make those tradeoffs and how to do them in a way that's "not so bad".
PS I made the mistake of also buying "REST in Practice". Skip that book and read this book instead.
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But the condition of the book was great. It looks brand new.
Buy it only when you're ready to apply it.