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Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails by Paul Dix

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Chapter 12. Web Hooks and External Services

Applications that send and receive requests from external services have been such a key factor in the boom of web applications, APIs, and innovation over the past few years that a term has even been coined for this network: the Programmable Web. Applications that rely on resources that are outside a project’s or an organization’s control bring a level of dynamism with unique challenges for development teams. Some of these traits can change various aspects of how an application should be designed or the level of attention that needs to be paid to how the application performs and behaves if these services are unavailable or otherwise limited.

This chapter provides a broad overview of some of the most ...

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