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RESTful Web Services Cookbookby Subbu Allamaraju
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While the REST design philosophy has captured the imagination of web and enterprise developers alike, using this approach to develop real web services is no picnic. This cookbook includes more than 100 recipes to help you take advantage of REST, HTTP, and the infrastructure of the Web. You'll learn ways to design RESTful web services for client and server applications that meet performance, scalability, reliability, and security goals, no matter what programming language and development framework you use.
Each recipe includes one or two problem statements, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for solving them, as well as examples using HTTP requests and responses, and XML, JSON, and Atom snippets. You'll also get implementation guidelines, and a discussion of the pros, cons, and trade-offs that come with each solution.
Book News Annotation:
Allamaraju, an architect who designs standards and practices for RESTful web services, guides web designers and developers in designing RESTful (Representational State Transfer) web services for client and server applications that meet performance, scalability, reliability, and security goals for any programming language or development framework. He presents about 100 recipes for using this architectural style for networked applications, and includes one or two problem statements, instructions for solving them, and examples using HTTP requests and responses, XML, JSON, and Atom snippets, as well as implementation guidelines, and discussion of the pros, cons, and trade-offs of each solution. Topics include using the uniform interface, identifying resources, designing representations and URIs, web linking, content negotiation, queries, web caching, conditional requests, security, extensibility and versioning, and enabling discovery. He does not explain the basics of REST or installing, administering, or securing web servers, caches, and proxies. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
RESTful web services may be simpler, more versatile, and more scalable than web services built with SOAP or CORBA, but using the REST architecture is still no picnic. In this cookbook, you'll get more than 50 recipes to help you solve common problems you're likely to face when designing and developing RESTful web services. These recipes are applicable no matter what programming language you use.
Just browse through the book to find the answers you need. The recipes are illustrated using HTTP requests and responses, XML, JSON, Atom snippets, sequence diagrams of client-server interactions, and resource models. Some recipes offer more than one solution to a problem, and include a detailed discussion of the tradeoffs involved in choosing which solution to use. Each recipe includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
About the Author
Subbu Allamaraju is a Principal Engineer at Yahoo! where, during the last one year, he has been developing standards and practices for designing RESTful Web APIs. Prior to that Subbu developed web services/Java based software and contributed to JCP and OASIS standards at BEA Systems Inc. Subbu has contributed to four books on J2EE, all published by Wrox. For a complete list of his works, and writings, see http://www.subbu.org/about.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Using the Uniform InterfaceChapter 2: Identifying ResourcesChapter 3: Designing RepresentationsChapter 4: Designing URIsChapter 5: Web LinkingChapter 6: Atom and AtomPubChapter 7: Content NegotiationChapter 8: QueriesChapter 9: Web CachingChapter 10: Conditional RequestsChapter 11: Miscellaneous WritesChapter 12: SecurityChapter 13: Extensibility and VersioningChapter 14: Enabling DiscoveryAdditional ReadingOverview of RESTHTTP MethodsAtom Syndication FormatLink Relation RegistryColophon
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