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Rest in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architectureby Jim Webber
Synopses & Reviews
"Every developer working with the Web needs to read this book." — David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of the Rails framework
"RESTful Web Services finally provides a practical roadmap for constructing services that embrace the Web, instead of trying to route around it." — Adam Trachtenberg, PHP author and EBay Web Services Evangelist
You've built web sites that can be used by humans. But can you also build web sites that are usable by machines? That's where the future lies, and that's what RESTful Web Services shows you how to do. The World Wide Web is the most popular distributed application in history, and Web services and mashups have turned it into a powerful distributed computing platform. But today's web service technologies have lost sight of the simplicity that made the Web successful. They don't work like the Web, and they're missing out on its advantages.
This book puts the "Web" back into web services. It shows how you can connect to the programmable web with the technologies you already use every day. The key is REST, the architectural style that drives the Web. This book:
This easy-to-understand reference shows how to use the Representational StateTransfer Web architecture, or REST, to provide services over the Web that arefundamentally simple, both for producers and the consumers.
REST continues to gain momentum as the best method for building web services, leaving many web architects to consider whether and how to include this approach in their SOA and SOAP-dominated world. This book offers a down-to-earth explanation of REST, with techniques and examples that show you how to design and implement integration solutions using the REST architectural style. Explore several web communications approaches, and discover what makes REST different Walk through the pros and cons of the RESTful approach Learn how the underlying architecture of the Web can drastically simplify programming built on top of it View REST in the context of cloud computing and the Semantic Web Understand how hypermedia serves as a model for computers to process data
Why don't typical enterprise projects go as smoothly as projects you develop for the Web? Does the REST architectural style really present a viable alternative for building distributed systems and enterprise-class applications?
In this insightful book, three SOA experts provide a down-to-earth explanation of REST and demonstrate how you can develop simple and elegant distributed hypermedia systems by applying the Web's guiding principles to common enterprise computing problems. You'll learn techniques for implementing specific Web technologies and patterns to solve the needs of a typical company as it grows from modest beginnings to become a global enterprise.
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.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: The Programmable Web and Its InhabitantsChapter 2: Writing Web Service ClientsChapter 3: What Makes RESTful Services Different?Chapter 4: The Resource-Oriented ArchitectureChapter 5: Designing Read-Only Resource-Oriented ServicesChapter 6: Designing Read/Write Resource-Oriented ServicesChapter 7: A Service ImplementationChapter 8: REST and ROA Best PracticesChapter 9: The Building Blocks of ServicesChapter 10: The Resource-Oriented Architecture Versus Big Web ServicesChapter 11: Ajax Applications as REST ClientsChapter 12: Frameworks for RESTful ServicesSome Resources for REST and Some RESTful ResourcesThe HTTP Response Code Top 42The HTTP Header Top InfinityColophon
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