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"Very informative" - by Mr. K. Chaplin (Wycombe, UK)
This book is very informative, and an excellent reference to sockets programming. I refer to it time and time again, and is a welcome addition to my bookshelf.

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"Prophetic, ground breaking" - by A Kheyrollahi (UK)
If you look for some code snippet to copy and paste into your project, don't waste your time and money. I think even those occasional references to specific technologies is unwarranted.

On the other hand, if you are looking at how approach and govern API to enable SOA in your enterprise, this is a book for you.

I think Netflix implementation of private/public API is the road to the future. As such, Daniel Jacobson's book who implemented web API in NPR and Netflix is a gem.

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"Get API design advice you won't hate" - by A Chambers
I'd heard good things about this book, and have read a few of Phil's articles online and found them to be useful, whilst retaining Phil's special kind of humour :) I expected no less of this book, and sure enough it delivered. While mostly I found that the book contains common sense API design advice, there are also a lot of comparisons of different ways to do things; versioning, for example. This book isn't telling you how you _have to_ build your API, but providing solid advice to enable you to make informed decisions and to ensure that you don't make simple mistakes that may make your API difficult to consume. Right now, my copy is in the office for the rest of the team to read through. Highly recommended.

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"Four Stars" - by Carlos
I like it

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"A must read for API developers" - by Mr. M. A. Tedone (London)
This is possibly the best book I've read for API development. It covers all aspects, from general principles, to workflows, to API specification languages, to standards around response codes, headers, security, error handling an so on, although it doesn't cover too much in detail any of these aspects. A highly recommended read.

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"Short but an interesting read" - by alec ayre
It was only a couple of pages in length hardly a book but it is an interesting read and highlights problems you wouldn't have considered.

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"Superb value for buck." - by Badlapje (Belgium)
Very nice and well-written book. Not rating it as 5 stars because in some chapters the author forgets to go into more detail bout minor things + i'd wish more details were given bout everything.

In all however, it's a very nice high-lvl overview about API Architecture. I would definitely recommend it.

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"Finally a book where all the code works!!!" - by Theo Van Stratum (Alnwick, UK)
In the last few days I have bought some book on Django and Python and as usual, it seems that most authors cannot make the code in their books work (missing steps and code).

This book, however, is good, and I mean really good! I am just through the first chapter and the text is clearly explained. The code is just working and it has ALL the steps, in and outside the coding.

It made me buy his other book as well.

I can fully recommend this book

"Top book." - by tumblingdown@hotmail.com (London.)
This is one of the best API books i have come across. Although not a reference on the API (it doesn't claim to be), it really gets under the hood. This, accompanied by Dan Applemans API reference, should be all any vb coder will ever require.

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"A gateway for learning python" - by Niklas Wennersten
If I were to describe this book by one word, it would be "Thorough".

"Maya python for games and film" starts off by thoroughly, but still with a easy-to-understand mentality, explaining mayas framework, how MEL and python are integrated and what benefits python has over MEL. After a creating a solid ground of understanding the framework, "Maya python" continues by teaching you the very basics of python programming, what a variable is, how to declare one and so on, always very thoroughly explained and always easy-to-understand.

This book is very well suited for people new to programming as well as experienced coders, a must buy well worth your money.

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"Excellent" - by Rick
Great case study and thoroughly helpful with using curl, postman, API docs and putting it altogether.

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"Works like a charm." - by Pedro Almeida
Only thing it won't do great is working on Linux, but I'm trying to solve it.

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"All .Net developers should read this book." - by John Williams
This is a great book, and I don't say that very often.
I am a developer with 15 years experience and often get fed up when researching a new topic then buying a book only for it to be completely lame with an unprofessional and unrealistic associated coding example.
Not only is this a great book on Web API 2 and a guide on how to build to a RESTful service (which incidentally is says that it is on the COVER), but the coding techniques are realistic and professional. If everyone built their projects with separation of concerns which this book does, then at least we would all be starting to sing off a similar hymn sheet.

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"Great and concise guide to OAuth2" - by Mr. M. A. Tedone (London)
I finished this book in the time it took to complete two commutes. It's a comprehensive and simple guide to OAuth2 and how it can be used to protect APIs. It also mentions Open ID and the SAML2 bridge to make SAML2 and OAuth2 interact.

The book also provides a OAuth2 cheat sheet that can be printed and pinned on every team's wall with the various sequence diagrams depicting the various OAuth2 flows.

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"All in all, this was definitely money well spent!" - by Ken Ashford
This is a great book for those seeking a basic understanding of how Python works. It starts off with what the evolution of Python as a programming language, the transition from Python 2 to 3 (and the challenges) and then gradually progresses to the meat of the matter i.e. variables, operators, Object Oriented Programming, Error handling etc.

I loved the conversational style the author adapted and the way every technical term is explained in simple term when initially introduced (as opposed to assuming prior knowledge on the part of the reader)

That being said, all of the examples presented in this book were written in Python Shell so that might be something you may want to be aware of. What I can say though is that, as a complete novice to programming, this book really helped me understand a lot about coding in general. How to handle errors, how to write readable ... full review