REST has changed the way developers build web services and design APIs, but in many ways it's a partial solution. HTTP's design certainly makes REST's elegance possible, but past HTTP practice and expectations, as well as its choice of actions, create some limits. Resource-Oriented Computing (ROC) pushes REST ideas to the next level, both removing many of the crutches developers have used with REST and adding a few key new components for working with the resources at the heart of the REST paradigm. NetKernel, an open source Java application, makes it easy to get started with ROC. This book shows you how.
At the age of 15, Tom Geudens' parents gave him a choice. Either become a baker or go into IT. That Christmas Santa brought a MSX homecomputer, the choice was made. At twenty and with a Bachelor in IT under his belt, he joined the IT department of Colruyt, a Belgian retailer specialized in 'Lowest Price' and doing this through automation. He has worked with technologies from PL/1 through HPUX and Linux, and battled distributed applications development and configuration management issues.