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RESTful Web API Design with Node.js - Second Edition by Valentin Bojinov

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Chapter 3. Building a Typical Web API

Now that you know what RESTful services are and you feel comfortable with Node.js and its modules, it is time to start with your first RESTful web API implementation. It will be an application that provides mobile phone contacts, represented in JSON format. The application will support different queries based on search criteria passed as GET parameters. For the purpose of this chapter, the contacts data will be read from a static JSON file.

Our first draft API will not support creating or updating contacts at this point, as is done in a real-world application; using file storage for data exposed to millions of users is definitely not an option. We will provide insertion, update, and more complex querying mechanisms ...

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