RESTful Java with Jax-RS
Author: Bill Burke
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2009
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0596158040
Aimed at: JAX-RS users
Rating: 3.5
Pros:  Good coverage of theory and practice

Cons: Split presentation
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

If you plan to work with REST implemented in Java (JAX-RS) then you might as well give in and buy a copy of this book - it's the only option at the moment and while far from perfect it contains a lot of valuable material.

Author: Bill Burke
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2009
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0596158040
Aimed at: JAX-RS users
Rating: 3.5
Pros:  Good coverage of theory and practice

Cons: Split presentation
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

This is a book about implementing REST-based web applications using the JAX-RS API. The first part of the book is a detailed explanation with examples of REST and using JAX-RS. The second part of the book is a step-by-step how-to including how to download, install and get started with the RESTEasy implementation of JAX-RS. The examples used are included with the download.

Chapters in Part Two refer back to the earlier chapters and are titled - Examples for Chapter 4 and so on..  If you don't notice this strange arrangment you might well fail to follow the ideas and examples in the first section which seem very theoretical. The best way to use the book is to read a chapter in Part One and then try the ideas out by moving to the related chapter in the second part of the book.

The author is the creator of the RESTEasy implemenation used as the main example and in some way it would be better to have a book that deals with how to use just this implemenation rather than trying to be completely general and then tagging on RESTEasy. However the approach used does have the advantage of emphasising the generality of the API.

If you plan to work with REST implemented in Java (JAX-RS) then you might as well give in and buy a copy of this book - it's the only option at the moment and while far from perfect it has a lot of value.

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Brilliant HTML5 & CSS3

Author: Josh Hill & James A Brannan
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2011
Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-0273747123
Aimed at: Novice web developers
Rating: 3
Pros: Suitable for beginners
Cons: Latest standards patched in
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

HTML5 and CSS3 are the latest standards. Does this book do them justice?



Software Project Secrets

Author: George Stepanek
Publisher: Apress, 2012
Pages: 166
ISBN: 978-1430251019
Aimed at: programmers wanting to find out about agile methodology
Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank

Subtitled Why Software Projects Fail, this book provides an introduction to agile methodology.


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