RESTful .NET: Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5

By Jon Flanders
O'Reilly Media
Release Date: November 2008
Pages: 304

RESTful .NET is the first book that teaches Windows developers to build RESTful web services using the latest Microsoft tools. Written by Windows Communication Foundation (WFC) expert Jon Flanders, this hands-on tutorial demonstrates how you can use WCF and other components of the .NET 3.5 Framework to build, deploy and use REST-based web services in a variety of application scenarios.

RESTful architecture offers a simpler approach to building web services than SOAP, SOA, and the cumbersome WS- stack. And WCF has proven to be a flexible technology for building distributed systems not necessarily tied to WS- standards. RESTful .NET provides you with a complete guide to the WCF REST programming model for building web services consumed either by machines or humans. You'll learn how to:

  • Program Read-Only (GET) services
  • Program READ/WRITE services
  • Host REST services
  • Program REST feeds
  • Program AJAX REST clients
  • Secure REST endpoints
  • Use workflow to deliver REST services
  • Consume RESTful XML services using WCF
  • Work with HTTP
  • Work with ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria)

RESTful .NET introduces you to the ideas of REST and RESTful architecture, and includes a detailed discussion of how the Web/REST model plugs into the WCF architecture. If you develop with .NET, it's time to jump on the RESTful bandwagon. This book explains how.

"While REST is simple, WCF is not. To really understand and exploit this part of WCF requires a knowledgeable and experienced guide. I don't know anybody who's better suited for this role than Jon Flanders. ...Jon is first-rate at explaining complicated things. This book is the best introduction I've seen to creating and using these services with WCF." --David Chappell, Chappell & Associates

Full List of Chapters:

  • Chapter 1. REST Basics
  • Chapter 2. WCF RESTful Programming Model - Available Online
  • Chapter 3. Programming Read-Only Services
  • Chapter 4. Programming Read/Write Services
  • Chapter 5. Hosting WCF RESTful Services
  • Chapter 6. Programming Feeds
  • Chapter 7. Programming Ajax and Silverlight Clients - Available Online
  • Chapter 8. Securing REST Endpoints
  • Chapter 9. Using Workflow to Deliver REST Services
  • Chapter 10. Consuming RESTful XML Services
  • Chapter 11. Working with HTTP