Services for a Changing World

RESTful Web APIs

By Leonard Richardson and Mike Amundsen with Foreword by Sam Ruby

The popularity of REST in recent years has led to tremendous growth in almost-RESTful APIs that don't include many of the architecture's benefits. With this practical guide, you'll learn what it takes to design usable REST APIs that evolve over time. By focusing on solutions that cross a variety of domains, this book shows you how to create powerful and secure applications, using the tools designed for the world's most successful distributed computing system: the World Wide Web.

"The three big new things in RESTful Web APIs" by Leonard Richardson

You'll explore the concepts behind REST, learn different strategies for creating hypermedia-based APIs, and then put everything together with a step-by-step guide to designing a RESTful Web API.

RESTful Web APIs is the definitive guide to the design of web APIs.

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Early Praise for RESTful Web APIs

"A terrific book! RESTful Web APIs covers the most important trends and practices in APIs today."
John Musser Founder, Programmable Web
"This book is the best place to start learning the essential craft of API Design."
Matt McLarty Cofounder, API Academy
"The entire time I read this book, I was cursing. I was cursing because as I read each explanation, I was worried that they were so good that it would be hard to find a better one to use in my own writing. You will not find another work that explores the topic so thoroughly yet explains the topic so clearly. Please, take these tools, build something fantastic, and share it with the rest of the world, okay?"
Steve Klabnik Author, Designing Hypermedia APIs
"Wonderfully thorough treatment of hypermedia formats, REST's least well understood tenet."
Stefan Tilkov REST evangelist, author, and consultant
"The best practical guide to hypermedia APIs. A must-have."
Ruben Verborgh Semantic hypermedia researcher