Chapter 2: James' Aunts sound horrid. What meanies they are! They should have been the ones that got eaten by a rhino. I'm feeling bad for James. I hope this story gets better... I'm already depressed just thinking about how selfish and hateful those Aunts are.
Chapter 1: Started all positive then quickly turned tragic. I'm glad the book didn't go into graphic detail about what happend to James' parents... that would have been gruesome. I'm hooked... can't wait to hear more about James.
Chapter 3 covered quite a lot it felt like, including the fact that Amazon's S3 is a RESTful service, is quite simple and elegant, and was the main example. This chapter also assumed knowledge of Ruby on Rails when it made analogies between S3 and ActiveRecord, but the main points were clear. I was pleased to see some Python code, even if it was a client talking to a RESTful service written using ActiveResource. Oh, and 'whytheluckystiff' wrote a S3 clone called ParkPlace for hosting your own S3 service!
Chapter 1 introduces the ideas behind REST and a taxonomy of other web services that aren't exactly REST. This seems like a great start — I now know what differentiates true RESTful APIs and things like SOAP.
Chapter 4. URLs and Views. This chapter was pretty short and sweet, providing some fun examples, like wrapping views to achieve a dual-format for both AJAX calls and normal HTML requests, and object-based views.
Chapter 3: Models. I skimmed a lot of this chapter since it dealt with some of the internals of the ORM that I don't usually delve into. Hopefully the little bit I might remember will remind me to re-visit this chapter when I need to dive into models.