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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (18 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529260
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Web services for the real world

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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 April 2008
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This is a good book on the principles of RESTful web services and a useful reminder of the principles of REST itself.

Clearly written with lots of examples. The authors are clearly passionate about REST and RESTful services and explain their viewpoint well.

However, at times, the passion spills over into polemics, which can distract.

For me, the worst aspect of the book is that the bulk of its examples are written in Ruby. I'm not very familiar with Ruby or Ruby on Rails - and Ruby syntax is hard to grasp for the uninitiated (ie me!). It also works some examples that depend on particular Ruby libraries that don't have counterparts in other languages.

It is particularly disappointing that there are not more examples in JavaScript, addressing the substantial Ajax community - Chapter 11 deals with "Ajax Applications as REST Clients" and covers useful ground, but it would be better to see more.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on 8 Oct 2008
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I like some of the ideas of REST but have some issues with this book:

1) Too much code, and too much ruby code.
2) Doesn't do enough to contrast REST with other approaches and/or explaining where the authors think each approach works well. Of course there was a comparison with a Web services based approach but I would have liked to read more about the wider picture. For example how the authors use REST in addition to SOA/DDD/messaging, assuming that they don't feel that one size fits all.
3) Examples of social bookmarking are useful but how about examples involving pub/sub within the enterprise, or long running work flows involving multiple systems. If you search hard on the Web you can find examples of using REST in such situations but in all honesty they are few and far between.

So all in all I found the book a bit of a let down, though still worth a read as there really aren't many good alternatives.
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The authors manage to describe RESTful web services, Resource Oriented Architecture and how it compares with traditional web service standards, like SOAP, in an easy to understand language that still gets into most details. The book is full of examples, and even if you, like me, are not a Ruby developer, you should still be able to benefit from them.
I felt the book was a little slow to get into the matter, but by the end was blown away. Especially the final chapters on HTTP headers and status codes give you the final bit of information to implement your web services.
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