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Restful Web Servicesby Sam Ruby
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"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:
Book News Annotation:
The web is no longer just the web, of course, and in some ways it has strayed far from its original incarnation as a relatively simple platform for distributed computing. Enthusiasts of representational state transfer (REST), an architectural style or a way of judging architectures, find significant gaps between that abstract concept and the reality. Master practitioners Richardson and Ruby have learned from their research into multitudes of ad hoc REST-like architectures and here offer a starting point for applications of those concepts to web services through resource-oriented architecture (ROA). They use basic web technologies, introduce ROA as a common-sense set of rules, show how RESTful designs are simpler, more versatile and more scalable than present remote procedure call practices, include current front-line examples, explain how REST works with programming languages, and show how to implement RESTful services in popular frameworks. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
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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