qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Book Review: REST in Practice - Hypermedia and Systems Architecture, by Jim Webber, Savas Parastatidis and Ian Robinson
It was difficult to pick out a good book to read on this subject, as I felt I knew the basics of REST, but it's a fast-moving subject and I was probably missing the full story. This dates from 2010 and had the look of being a book for a practitioner. After some guidance about non-REST technologies such as various guises of XML-RPC, the text moves on to CRUD operations, then full-blown hypermedia (which is essentially a buzzword for machine-automated browsing, in which the links to follow can be interrogated and chosen semantically). I'm not especially convinced by the chapters on Atom, though I remain open-minded about its use. The chapter on security is useful but seems to overlook the absurd (yet necessary) complexity of using OAuth. The final chapters have another quasi-polemic against SOAP and WS-* technologies. The code samples are useful (and generally demonstrated in Java and .Net) although especially in the Atom chapters there seems to be a rather convoluted approach that obscures the techniques it intends to illustrate.
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