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RESTful Web API Design with Node.js by Valentin Bojinov

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Chapter 1. REST – What You Didn't Know

Nowadays, topics such as cloud computing and mobile device service feeds, and other data sources being powered by cutting-edge, scalable, stateless, and modern technologies such as RESTful web services, leave the impression that REST has been invented recently. Well, to be honest, it is definitely not! In fact, REST was defined at the end of the 20th century.

This chapter will walk you through REST's history and will teach you how REST couples with the HTTP protocol. You will look at the five key principles that need to be considered while turning an HTTP application into a RESTful-service-enabled application. You will also look at the differences between RESTful and SOAP-based services. Finally, you will ...

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