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RESTful Web Services Cookbook: Solutions for Improving Scalability and Simplicity  RSS feed

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Author/s    : Subbu Allamaraju
Publisher   : Yahoo Press
Category   : Web Services and SOAP
Review by : Deepak Bala
Rating        : 9 horseshoes

This is a useful little book. Receipe books can be tricky in that they can outdate themselves or end up concentrating on recipes that are not widely sort after. This book does not suffer from these problem.

What I like:

* The book is pretty crisp. You can breeze through it in no time.
* It is quite practical. I ended up changing some of my REST representation after following the advice in the book.
* Since it is a recipe book you need not follow any order as such. Jump to any chapter at will.
* Implementation details are not stressed (like how one would solve a problem in jersey Vs some other framework). That keeps the advice clean and agnostic of frameworks.

What I dislike:

There is not much to add here against this book. You will not always find a recipe that fits your problem description, but you can use the internet and public forums to search how other developers solved that problem. Reading this book also puts you in a good position to judge if a solution follows good practices.

If you are looking for a book that provides laconic answers to common problems encountered while developing with the REST architecture style, buy this one.

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