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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Programming With Javascript

Author: John David Dionisio & Ray Toal
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett
Pages: 670
ISBN: 978-0763780609
Audience: Students enrolled on CS1 courses
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James

A book that aims to teach you about computer science and the bigger picture using JavaScript.



Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Ed

Author: Elisabeth Robson and Eric Freeman
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 768
ISBN: 978-0596159900
Audience: Beginners
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

Head First books are designed to get you started. How far does this one go with HTML and CSS?


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