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RESTful Web APIs

a book by Leonard Richardson and Mike Amundsen, with a forward by Sam Ruby

The popularity of REST in recent years has led to tremendous growth in almost-RESTful APIs that don’t include many of the architecture’s benefits. With this practical guide, you’ll learn what it takes to design usable REST APIs that evolve over time. By focusing on solutions that cross a variety of domains, this book shows you how to create powerful and secure applications, using the tools designed for the world’s most successful distributed computing system: the World Wide Web.

You’ll explore the concepts behind REST, learn different strategies for creating hypermedia-based APIs, and then put everything together with a step-by-step guide to designing a RESTful Web API.

RESTful Web APIs is the definitive guide to the design of web APIs.

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Sample code

The sample code behind the clients and servers in RESTful Web APIs is available from the RESTful Web APIs GitHub repository.

The "You Type It, We Post It" website and API from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 are hosted on Heroku.

RESTful Web Services

RESTful Web Services is a 2007 book by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby. RESTful Web APIs was designed as a complete replacement for RESTful Web Services. The old book has been made available under a Creative Commons license as part of O'Reilly's Open Books project.


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