REST in Practice
Hypermedia and Systems Architecture
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 448

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.

  • Learn basic Web techniques for application integration
  • Use HTTP and the Web’s infrastructure to build scalable, fault-tolerant enterprise applications
  • Discover the Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) pattern for manipulating resources
  • Build RESTful services that use hypermedia to model state transitions and describe business protocols
  • Learn how to make Web-based solutions secure and interoperable
  • Extend integration patterns for event-driven computing with the Atom Syndication Format and implement multi-party interactions in AtomPub
  • Understand how the Semantic Web will impact systems design
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    5.0

    Still the best Rest book

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      Comments about oreilly REST in Practice:

      It starts with a balanced overview of what REST is, explaining why REST web services are the way to go (using hypermedia) and various maturity levels of usage. While is is not the newest book on this topic it might still be the best; however, maybe HAL has replaced Atom for a DAP. On the Java implementation front the date of publication means it has missed the use of Spring MVC

       
      4.0

      Excellent introduction and reference

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        Comments about oreilly REST in Practice:

        REST in Practice provides an excellent introduction to REST in general and how to use it in your projects. The code samples are easy enough to understand, but complex enough to be usable. It's also nice that the examples are provided in both Java and C#.

        The only thing I found missing was a more complete discussion of data formats to use with RESTful APIs.

         
        5.0

        One of my favorite architecture books.

        By Michael Hamrah

        from Brooklyn, NY

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        REST in Practice is one of my favorite architecture books. It helped me learn, appreciate, and leverage the power behind http, and think about the basic components of an http request: URIs, headers, and content. Covering the tools then working through examples gives a great balance of informational and practical knowledge. It's well written, concise, and I enjoy referring back to it.

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        Excellent!

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          Comments about oreilly REST in Practice:

          Broad and detailled coverage of REST and especially HATEOAS. Very example driven and thus real-world related. Most valuable book in REST I've read so far.

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