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Breakthrough approach, breakthrough techniques: the first comprehensive tutorial and reference for deploying RESTful services to support SOA • •SOA and REST have been viewed as radically different paradigms: this is the first book to show how they can be combined to solve crucial problems and deliver greater business value. •Presents comprehensive case studies of the highly successful integration of contemporary REST frameworks and SOA platforms. •Covers both the theory and practice of RESTful services in the SOA context. Every major development platform now supports the creation of SOA-based solutions. Increasingly, however, the traditional, SOAP-based method of building SOA services has been challenged by a simpler, lighter alternative: REST. The two paradigms have sometimes been viewed as competitive, and many developers are comfortable with one or the other, but not both. However, REST and SOA can be used together - and, as this start-to-finish tutorial demonstrates, organizations can achieve powerful benefits by combining them. Renowned SOA expert Thomas Erl and IBM Consulting IT Architect Raj Balasubramanian begin by explaining the theory and techniques underlying REST, and then introducing real-life implementations of RESTful services using multiple contemporary technologies. The authors compare REST and service-oriented principles, showing how traditional Web services and RESTful services differ, and dispelling common myths and misconceptions about REST and SOA. Next, they present a series of REST-inspired SOA design patterns, supported by case studies that demonstrate how REST and SOA can be converged using existing technologies and products, and what the benefits are of doing so. Thomas Erl (Richmond BC) founded SOA Systems Inc., a company specializing in vendor-agnostic SOA training, certification, and strategic consulting services. Erl speaks and instructs widely, and has delivered many workshops and keynote speeches. His work has been published in publications including The Wall Street Journal. Raj Balasubramanian (Cedar Creek TX), Consulting IT Architect for IBM Software Group, works on customer engagements delivering application and infrastructure-related projects. As co author of an upcoming SOA with Java book, he contributed chapters on portal technology and REST service design and development. He recently developed REST patterns for, SOA Design Patterns.