RESTful Web Services Paperback – 18 May 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I have read all the book and have found the examples to be excellent and complete. The book covers quite a few languages, which can help if you area contractor like me who comes accross and uses various languages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's actually a very good book however it was written some time ago (2007) and a new edition is due, since many examples of real web services do not work any longer, not because of... Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Steve Bolton
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... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2010 by Jacob Reimers
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