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Hello, Android, 4th Edition by Ed Burnette

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Chapter 11Calling Web Services

In recent years, more and more functionality has moved into the cloud. Amazon Web Services is a multibillion-dollar business offering cloud-based computing power and storage. Google Apps handle back-office functionality for millions of small and medium-sized businesses. Microsoft is even in the process of turning its ubiquitous Office suite into a cloud service. One thing all these platforms have in common are REST-ful web service interfaces.

REST (REpresentational State Transfer) means many things to different people, but the most pragmatic definition is a technique of building a service on the Internet that you can cause to do something by making simple HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) requests over TCP/IP ...

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