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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 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. Learn how to design resources to meet various application scenarios Successfully design representations and URIs Implement the hypertext constraint using links and link headers Understand when and how to use Atom and AtomPub Know what and what not to do to support caching Learn how to implement concurrency control Deal with advanced use cases involving copying, merging, transactions, batch processing, and partial updates Secure web services and support OAuth


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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 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. Learn how to design resources to meet various application scenarios Successfully design representations and URIs Implement the hypertext constraint using links and link headers Understand when and how to use Atom and AtomPub Know what and what not to do to support caching Learn how to implement concurrency control Deal with advanced use cases involving copying, merging, transactions, batch processing, and partial updates Secure web services and support OAuth

30 review for RESTful Web Services Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    MiloŇ°

    An example of a book that hasn't aged too well - while most of the advice is still sound, most of it is now common knowledge. Also, some recipes are too dated for today's RESTful ecosystem, especially the reliance on Atom and XML. But all in all, an okay read, especially considering the publication date. An example of a book that hasn't aged too well - while most of the advice is still sound, most of it is now common knowledge. Also, some recipes are too dated for today's RESTful ecosystem, especially the reliance on Atom and XML. But all in all, an okay read, especially considering the publication date.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Koltsov

    This book is a great collection of recipes to cook your web services. Unfortunately it's a bit outdated, but from my perspective most of its parts are still relevant. It's sort of a book that's easy to read and easy to comprehend, i would recommend it to anyone who strives to build robust and scalable web apps. My score 4/5 This book is a great collection of recipes to cook your web services. Unfortunately it's a bit outdated, but from my perspective most of its parts are still relevant. It's sort of a book that's easy to read and easy to comprehend, i would recommend it to anyone who strives to build robust and scalable web apps. My score 4/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marcin Golenia

    I reached for this book because of many bad APIs that I have worked with (and contributed to), it helped me to fix my RESTful API understanding, bad habits, bad beliefs. One may say that the book has its age but REST didn't change. HTTP 1.1 is described in few places and it would be nice to see updated content, however HTTP 2.0 didn't change much when it comes to REST api design. All in all it would be nice to see how it helps REST api to be more performant because of new wire format, multiplexi I reached for this book because of many bad APIs that I have worked with (and contributed to), it helped me to fix my RESTful API understanding, bad habits, bad beliefs. One may say that the book has its age but REST didn't change. HTTP 1.1 is described in few places and it would be nice to see updated content, however HTTP 2.0 didn't change much when it comes to REST api design. All in all it would be nice to see how it helps REST api to be more performant because of new wire format, multiplexing and compression. It also lacks the REST 6 constraints. The mostly used xml in responses/requests is annoying but it can be easily translated to json "on the go in your head". All in all the book is well written, despite the "Cookbook form" you can get many answers and it will serve as a great reference in case of any doubts in the future. I really like the parts related to links, client/server decoupling, caching and not so obvious stuff like doing copying, moving, and merging resources. This book is very needed in the IT industry. If you do REST, read it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ozgur Ozturk

    I haven't been developing a restful service. I had too many questions in my mind about restful services. I found answers based on best practices. My latest conclusion is this book a refinement of big experience. I haven't been developing a restful service. I had too many questions in my mind about restful services. I found answers based on best practices. My latest conclusion is this book a refinement of big experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikita Khizhnyak

    Good book to refresh and detail your knowledge about REST. Containt bestpractices for REST services design which is not depend on any platform\framework. Contains some spefific information about ATOM, but well structured so you can just skip some parts if you don't need it. Good book to refresh and detail your knowledge about REST. Containt bestpractices for REST services design which is not depend on any platform\framework. Contains some spefific information about ATOM, but well structured so you can just skip some parts if you don't need it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A solid reference for anyone designing, implementing, and integrating web services. May be a bit dry, but helpful for this generation of developers!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This book is an excellent resource for anyone designing or building a RESTful web API! It is extremely well written and concise considering the amount of material covered. The overall layout and flow of the book is surprisingly good too, considering it takes a "cookbook" style format. I ended up reading it cover to cover, re-referencing items as needed. The choice of topics covered are very well thought out too, and the descriptions of the problems and solutions in each topic are just as good. I This book is an excellent resource for anyone designing or building a RESTful web API! It is extremely well written and concise considering the amount of material covered. The overall layout and flow of the book is surprisingly good too, considering it takes a "cookbook" style format. I ended up reading it cover to cover, re-referencing items as needed. The choice of topics covered are very well thought out too, and the descriptions of the problems and solutions in each topic are just as good. It is obvious that the author has had extensive experience designing and building web systems. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in RESTful architectures and design.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sumit

    This book is not an introduction to REST. But if you are already aware of what REST is, and are looking for a set of solutions to implement it, this is a book you must own. Practical and useful, this is definitely a practitioners handbook. The only drawback (in my view) is that the examples are mostly in AtomPub, rather than in JSON or XML.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    My experience with this book was similar to that described in Charles Bihis' review. I also read it cover to cover, and have found it useful for foundational reference. I highly recommend this introduction to RESTful web services for software engineers. My experience with this book was similar to that described in Charles Bihis' review. I also read it cover to cover, and have found it useful for foundational reference. I highly recommend this introduction to RESTful web services for software engineers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sridhar Jammalamadaka

    Go to book for RESTful web services. As the book claims, it is a cookbook. Useful as a reference while developing RESTful Web Services. I liked the chapters on Security and Caching.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Artur Sabirov

    Too much XML

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brett Dargan

    practical advice, good rationale.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Artur Gadelshin

    This one is a very useful book, which describe pragmatic REST concept.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ken Weinert

    False

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    I'm still reading this, but I think this should be essential reading for anyone writing or designing a remote API. I'm still reading this, but I think this should be essential reading for anyone writing or designing a remote API.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dwight Walker

    good for my Web business

  17. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Seemann

  19. 4 out of 5

    devi prasad m. p.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olivier Theriault

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shubham

  24. 5 out of 5

    giurra

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Sharp

  27. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Jacoby

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julio Trigo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jack Tol

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

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