REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449396923
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 775,399
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Webber is the SOA practice lead for ThoughtWorks where he works on dependable service-oriented systems. Jim was formerly a senior researcher with the UK E-Science programme where he developed strategies for aligning Grid computing with Web Services practices and architectural patterns for dependable Service-Oriented computing. Jim has extensive Web Services architecture and development experience as an architect with Arjuna Technologies and was the lead developer with Hewlett-Packard on the industry's first Web Services Transaction solution. Jim is an active speaker in the Web Services space and is co-author of the book "Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect's Guide." Jim holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and Ph.D. in Parallel Computing both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His blog is located at http://jim.webber.name.

Savas Parastatidis is a Developer in Microsoft's Technical Computing Cloud group, working on a platform for large scale data- and compute-intensive technologies. Previously he was part of Microsoft's Bing group where he focused on semantic and knowledge representation technologies. He also spent time in Microsoft Research where he led the design and implementation of a number of tools for scientists and a platform for semantic computing applications called Zentity. He originally joined Microsoft as part of the architecture team in the Connected System Division doing the initial work for the Oslo (M language) modeling platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Savas was a Principal Research Associate at the University of Newcastle where he undertook research in the areas of distributed, service-oriented computing and e-Science. He was also the Chief Software Architect at the North-East Regional e-Science Centre where he oversaw the architecture and the application of Web Services technologies for a number of large research projects. Savas also worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Hewlett Packard where he co-lead the R&D effort for the industry's Web Service transactions service and protocol. Savas' blog is located at http://savas.me.

Ian Robinson is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he specialises in helping clients create sustainable service-oriented development capabilities that align business and IT from inception through to operation. He has written guidance for Microsoft on implementing service-oriented systems with Microsoft technologies, and has published articles on business-oriented development methodologies and distributed systems design - most recently in The ThoughtWorks Anthology (Pragmatic Programmers, 2008). He presents at conferences worldwide on RESTful enterprise integration and distributed systems design and delivery.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Should I Read This Book?; Should I Skip This Book?; Resources; What Did You Think About the Book?; Errata; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: The Web As a Platform for Building Distributed Systems; 1.1 Architecture of the Web; 1.2 Thinking in Resources; 1.3 From the Web Architecture to the REST Architectural Style; 1.4 The Web As an Application Platform; 1.5 Web Friendliness and the Richardson Maturity Model; 1.6 GET on Board; Chapter 2: Introducing Restbucks: How to GET a Coffee, Web Style; 2.1 Restbucks: A Little Coffee Shop with Global Ambitions; 2.2 Toolbox; 2.3 Here Comes the Web; Chapter 3: Basic Web Integration; 3.1 Lose Weight, Feel Great!; 3.2 A Simple Coffee Ordering System; 3.3 URI Templates; 3.4 URI Tunneling; 3.5 POX: Plain Old XML over HTTP; 3.6 We Are Just Getting Started; Chapter 4: CRUD Web Services; 4.1 Modeling Orders As Resources; 4.2 Building CRUD Services; 4.3 Aligning Resource State; 4.4 Consuming CRUD Services; 4.5 Consuming Services Automatically with WADL; 4.6 CRUD Is Good, but It’s Not Great; Chapter 5: Hypermedia Services; 5.1 The Hypermedia Tenet; 5.2 Hypermedia Formats; 5.3 Contracts; 5.4 Hypermedia Protocols; 5.5 Implementing a Hypermedia Service; 5.6 Building the Ordering Service in Java; 5.7 Building the Ordering Service in .NET; 5.8 Ready, Set, Action; Chapter 6: Scaling Out; 6.1 GET Back to Basics; 6.2 Caching; 6.3 Making Content Cacheable; 6.4 Implementing Caching in .NET; 6.5 Consistency; 6.6 Extending Freshness; 6.7 Stay Fresh; Chapter 7: The Atom Syndication Format; 7.1 The Format; 7.2 Common Uses for Atom; 7.3 Using Atom for Event-Driven Systems; 7.4 Building an Atom Service in Java; 7.5 Building an Atom Service in .NET; 7.6 Atom Everywhere?; 7.7 After the Event; Chapter 8: Atom Publishing Protocol; 8.1 Atom Publishing Protocol; 8.2 Implementing Order Fulfillment Using AtomPub; 8.3 Implementing AtomPub in .NET; 8.4 A Versatile Protocol; Chapter 9: Web Security; 9.1 HTTP Security Essentials; 9.2 Identity and the OpenID Protocol; 9.3 The OAuth Protocol; 9.4 Service Hacks and Defenses; 9.5 Final Thoughts; Chapter 10: Semantics; 10.1 Syntax Versus Semantics; 10.2 Structure and Representation of Information; 10.3 The Semantic Web; 10.4 Microformats; 10.5 Linked Data and the Web; 10.6 Guidance; Chapter 11: The Web and WS-*; 11.1 Are Web Services Evil?; 11.2 SOAP: The Whole Truth; 11.3 WSDL: Just Another Object IDL; 11.4 Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right; 11.5 Secure, Reliable, Transacted; 11.6 A Requiem for Web Services?; Chapter 12: Building the Case for the Web; 12.1 No More Silver Bullets; 12.2 Building and Running Web-Based Services; 12.3 No Architecture Without Measurement; 12.4 Selling the Web; 12.5 Go Forth and Build; Colophon;

Jim Webber is the SOA practice lead for ThoughtWorks where he works on dependable service-oriented systems. Jim was formerly a senior researcher with the UK E-Science programme where he developed strategies for aligning Grid computing with Web Services practices and architectural patterns for dependable Service-Oriented computing. Jim has extensive Web Services architecture and development experience as an architect with Arjuna Technologies and was the lead developer with Hewlett-Packard on the industry's first Web Services Transaction solution. Jim is an active speaker in the Web Services space and is co-author of the book "Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect's Guide." Jim holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and Ph.D. in Parallel Computing both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His blog is located at http://jim.webber.name.

Savas Parastatidis is a Developer in Microsoft's Technical Computing Cloud group, working on a platform for large scale data- and compute-intensive technologies. Previously he was part of Microsoft's Bing group where he focused on semantic and knowledge representation technologies. He also spent time in Microsoft Research where he led the design and implementation of a number of tools for scientists and a platform for semantic computing applications called Zentity. He originally joined Microsoft as part of the architecture team in the Connected System Division doing the initial work for the Oslo (M language) modeling platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Savas was a Principal Research Associate at the University of Newcastle where he undertook research in the areas of distributed, service-oriented computing and e-Science. He was also the Chief Software Architect at the North-East Regional e-Science Centre where he oversaw the architecture and the application of Web Services technologies for a number of large research projects. Savas also worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Hewlett Packard where he co-lead the R&D effort for the industry's Web Service transactions service and protocol. Savas' blog is located at http://savas.me.

Ian Robinson is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he specialises in helping clients create sustainable service-oriented development capabilities that align business and IT from inception through to operation. He has written guidance for Microsoft on implementing service-oriented systems with Microsoft technologies, and has published articles on business-oriented development methodologies and distributed systems design - most recently in The ThoughtWorks Anthology (Pragmatic Programmers, 2008). He presents at conferences worldwide on RESTful enterprise integration and distributed systems design and delivery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    A stepping stone to REST

    As the cover depicts, this book is a gentle stepping stone into the practice of REST. The book, with its logical and well written chapters, easily steps you through this new exciting architectural style. Each chapter contains techniques with their many understandable and implementable code examples. The examples, for me, were much appreciated since it didn't require me to hunt and search for better examples a the provided code snippets. Prier to reading this book, my understanding of REST architecture was limited. The book has provided me with a higher understanding of REST with a greater confidence in my future usage and implementation. I would highly recommend it to any who are interested in REST and its Practices.

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