"So if you have some programming experience, I would highly recommend this book as a great introduction to Rails, or as a means of continuing education if you are already working with Rails but want to fully understand all of its components."
--Chris Stringer, Amazon.com
"...this is "the" Rails book to get if you're just starting out, or want a refresher on some of the main areas of Rails.
It's gotta be hard to put out a book against such a fast-moving target, and to their credit I think they did a pretty good job..."
--Larry Hannay, Amazon.com
"For something that seems so simple in concept, Web Services can be downright confusing to actually call and implement. Part of the difficulty is trying to get the SOAP envelope format correct. But there's an alternative out there called REST, and it's covered very well in the book RESTful Web Services. While it might not change what you do in the Notes/Domino world right away, I believe it's worth reading."
--Thomas Duff, Developer Tips
"If youre planning on building RESTful web services, this book is a great place to start. Even if youre not, its a pretty good book to learn more about them."
--Pat Eyler, On Ruby Blog
"RESTful Web Services is an important guide to connecting web functions with everyday technologies everyone uses. REST is an architectural style that drives the web, and RESTful Web Services introduces ROA and the roles that govern design of RESTful web services."
--James Cox, The Bookwatch - Computer Shelf
"The book intends to act as a canonical reference for all things RESTful. The web is littered with hundreds of resources describing REST and RESTful services, but this book is a one stop shop for understanding REST. The authors' goal is to demonstrate the power and the limitations of the basic web technologies (HTTP/URI/XML) and how they can be harnessed for vastly scalable distributed applications that do not go against the grain of the web. Concrete principles for designing RESTful web services (the Resource Oriented Architecture) are explained in detail...The book is well written and I had no trouble finishing off all the ~400 pages. For this it gets a 5* for readability. The material presented is well researched and very useful for both experienced and new web programmers, fetching it a 5* rating for relevance."
--Aditya Gore, JavaLobby
"As with the previous OReilly books, I found RESTful Web Services to continue in the successful tradition of presenting potentially complicated information in such an easy to follow and logical manner. It is obvious that the authors used their considerable experience in giving us the best of the best, and I have no doubt that my every question will be answered. Aimed to being the first book to apply the REST design philosophy to real web services, I have to congratulate the authors and OReilly Media for giving us users exactly that!"
--Alain B. Renaud, TCM Reviews