I was talking to a colleague who has to become savvy in a hurry about modern Web applications and he asked “How do I learn about REST?” Good question. I thought of a couple of suggestions, then asked Twitter and got some more. Here they are.

My initial suggestions: Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One; and AtomPub, a practical example of a REST protocol.

From Twitter · By the way, I’m @timbray.

@al3x said: “How I Explained REST to My Wife”.
@ceplm said: “Your blog? ;-)” [I assume he means the Web Services category].
@bjorg said: “I gave this REST presentation to a group of techies in San Diego.”
@dierken said: “Try Joe Gregorio's article How to Create a REST Protocol.”
@distobj said: “Roger Costello’s is still the best REST tutorial IMO.”
@dierken said: “Wikipedia has a decent entry.”
@jancona said: “Good REST intros: REST — the short version and Pete Lacey's ‘REST Take 5’ Powerpoint, which requires a free login on the Burton group.”
@stilkov recommended his own A Brief Introduction to REST and also How to GET a Cup of Coffee.


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From: Todd Ditchendorf (Oct 01 2008, at 15:06)

I learned a lot from Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby's O'Reilly book "RESTful Web Services". (it may be a bit more of a time commitment tho)


Highly recommended.


From: Stuart Langridge (Oct 01 2008, at 15:31)

Second vote for RESTful Web Services.


From: John Cowan (Oct 01 2008, at 16:20)

My presentation on Restful Web Services, given by me at Extreme and by Elliotte Rusty Harold at SD West:

http://ccil.org/~cowan/restws-abs.txt (text abstract)

http://ccil.org/~cowan/restws.odp (OpenOffice.org)

http://ccil.org/~cowan/restws.ppt (PowerPoint)

http://ccil.org/~cowan/restws.pdf (PDF)


From: Peter Keane (Oct 01 2008, at 22:00)

This was an attempt to distill the best bits of presentations/explanations on REST I had found on the web, and to present it to a bunch of folks in higher ed:



From: Duncan Hull (Oct 02 2008, at 10:58)

Roy Fielding blog too http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/

...also, third vote for the Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby and book.


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