Effective REST Services via .NET Book Review
|I have resisted reading about and digging into REST for a while now. Every time I would pick up an article or book I felt like I transported back to the 90's and I was reading an old HTML 2.0 book or specification. The stuff I started on the internet with. To me the REST movement is kind of like the A-HA moment of the internet programming community. Kind of like, "O... that is what they intended".|
This book brought all those back in time feelings up all throughout the first 2 chapters. I must say though, that I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. The history lesson and the state of things today, where very well written and kept my attention and interest throughout both chapters. The author's do a great job of digging into the guts of the foundations of REST, which really helps in the later chapters when they discuss the .NET tools used to develop RESTful solutions.
I also like that the authors aren't RESTful zealots. They give Web Services their rightful place and do not present REST as a new silver bullet, but rather a new tool for the tool belt.
The book is a very pleasant read and is well organized.
The downloadable code is very usable, well organized, and contains some great example implementations.
I also have noticed the authors are keeping the accompanying web site up to date and have already released a code fix.
If you want to learn the ins and outs of RESTful Services using .NET technologies, this book is the ticket.
I highly recommend this book.