- Series: Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321659368
- ISBN-13: 978-0321659361
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to Building Highly Scalable, Services-Based Rails Applications Ruby on Rails deployments are growing, and Rails is increasingly being adopted in larger environments. Today, Rails developers and architects need better ways to interface with legacy systems, move into the cloud, and scale to handle higher volumes and greater complexity. In "Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails" Paul Dix introduces a powerful, services-based design approach geared toward overcoming all these challenges. Using Dix's techniques, readers can leverage the full benefits of both Ruby and Rails, while overcoming the difficulties of working with larger codebases and teams. Dix demonstrates how to integrate multiple components within an enterprise application stack; create services that can easily grow and connect; and design systems that are easier to maintain and upgrade. Key concepts are explained with detailed Ruby code built using open source libraries such as ActiveRecord, Sinatra, Nokogiri, and Typhoeus. The book concludes with coverage of security, scaling, messaging, and interfacing with third-party services.
Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails will help youBuild highly scalable, Ruby-based service architectures that operate smoothly in the cloud or with legacy systemsScale Rails systems to handle more requests, larger development teams, and more complex code basesMaster new best practices for designing and creating services in RubyUse Ruby to glue together services written in any languageUse Ruby libraries to build and consume RESTful Web servicesUse Ruby JSON parsers to quickly represent resources from HTTP servicesWrite lightweight, well-designed API wrappers around internal or external servicesDiscover powerful non-Rails frameworks that simplify Ruby service implementationImplement standards-based enterprise messaging with Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Optimize performance with load balancing and caching Provide for security and authentication
About the Author
Paul Dix is co-founder and CTO at Market.io. In the past, he has worked at Google, Microsoft, McAfee, Air Force Space Command, and multiple startups, filling positions as a programmer, software tester, and network engineer. He has been a speaker at multiple conferences, including RubyConf, Goruco, and Web 2.0 Expo, on the subjects of service-oriented design, event-driven architectures, machine learning, and collaborative filtering. Paul is the author of multiple open source Ruby libraries. He has a degree in computer science from Columbia University.
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If you're planning on buying this book I would strongly recommend that you have a good knowledge of Rails and Sinatra, as Sinatra is what you start the book with, and is also just a good framework to know. A good knowledge of Rspec is also good.
As impressed as I was, I had a specific question about one of his topics. I emailed Paul expecting that I may hear from him over time. To my pleasant surprise, I had a specific answer to my question in my inbox from Paul the very same afternoon. Now, that is what what I call an author who passionately cares about the subject of his book.
It covers everything from high-level architecture decisions, like when to introduce services and how to decide what goes where, to seemingly small details, like dealing with serving pagination links in apis.
The only downside is that it could have gone into more detail about how to run apps with multiple services locally.
I read it cover to cover, and frequently refer to it. I highly recommend it to anyone working on moderate to large Rails apps. It completely demystified SOA for me.
The author (Paul Dix) immediately throws the reader into a sample web service, typical to any modern REST web application. What I really appreciated was how he stressed the test-driven development approach via rspec, although it might have been beneficial to give a bit more background into the advantages of TDD and the specifics of rspec within Ruby and Rails testing. Nevertheless there is sufficient coverage of the process to get the reader off on the right foot. There are a few bugs in the included code examples that have either been fixed in the github repository ([...]).
Chapter 2 describes the philosophies and methodologies behind service-oriented designs and the differentiators to SOA, XML-RPC and related books such as "RESTful Web Services". Paul makes a sane argument for service-oriented designs with Ruby over the monolithic Rails applications we've seen as Rails has continued to grow in popularity, introduced to larger production loads. The reader learns about isolating services and the benefits (testing, resiliency, performance) associated with various levels of separation.
Chapter 3 gives experienced Rails developers an example migration by segmenting a "typical" Rails installation into independent services. This had limited value to me, since I plan to write Ruby web applications from scratch. But there is still value in a series of well-presented diagrams demonstrating the MVC equivalence of service-oriented design.
Chapter 4 (along with the "RESTful Primer" appendix) provide an excellent overview of RESTful web services and API design. As there is no formal REST specification, much of this is based on accepted industry practices, but the coverage is thorough and very digestible.
This is all I have time to write up at the moment. Suffice it to say I'm very pleased with this book and will continue to refer back to it as I develop in Ruby. Although the book is designed for experienced Rails programmers, I have no reservation in suggesting this to beginner Ruby/web developers... so long as they have another core Ruby reference at their disposal.
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