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The Myth of the Private API

By George Reese
September 6, 2013

A little over a week ago, I wrote about how the authentication model for an unpublished Tesla REST API was architecturally flawed because it failed to take basic precautions against the sharing of credentials with third-parties common to most REST-based …

The Best and the Worst Tech of the Decade

By James Turner
December 17, 2009

With only a few weeks left until we close out the 'naughts and move into the teens, it's almost obligatory to take a look back at the best and not-so-best of the last decade. With that in mind, I polled the O'Reilly editors, authors, Friends, and a number of industry movers and shakers to gather nominations. I then tossed them in the trash and made up my own compiled them together and looked for trends and common threads. So here then, in no particular order, are the best and the worst that the decade had to offer.

Service Communications with Silverlight

By John Papa
March 1, 2009

Silverlight can talk to a number of types of web services using REST or SOAP, returning JSON or XML, or even communicating with RSS feeds. Its important to evaluate the type of service you need before developing it.

There is Silverlight at the End of the Tunnel

By John Papa
December 19, 2008

After months of writing just about every night, Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2 is now available. I targeted this book to be different than other Silverlight books on the market, focusing more on data, networking, and other features needed to make a RIA application work for data driven situations.

Creating Custom SOAP Requests with Ruby and Net::HTTP

By Eric Berry
December 19, 2008

Learn to create a custom SOAP request using Ruby and Net::HTTP

Cloud Gazing from Silverlight 2

By John Papa
November 6, 2008

Cloud Gazing from Silverlight 2 ... SOAP, REST, POX and more all from Silverlight 2.

AMF vs. JSON vs. XML

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 18, 2008

Which RPC protocol is the best: XML over HTTP, JSON, or AMF. It depends on the context and the platform


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