[This was originally posted at http://timstall.dotnetdevelopersjournal.com/http_pocket_reference.htm]
I finished reading the O'Reilly HTTP Pocket Reference. I just wanted a good refresher on HTTP. It was a very good book. I liked that it was only 80+ pages, maybe a 1-2 hour read, and just covered the important stuff. When time is short, there's a definite benefit to just reading a summary as opposed to an exhaustive reference. I notice that many devs don't take enough time to read a full book, so they settle for just skimming blogs. However, that usually gives just a gap-filled understanding because they never get that end-to-end thoroughness. The pocket books offer a good compromise - more thorough than just a blog entry, but still short enough to read when time is tight.