Chapter 11. REST Services

RE presentational State Transfer (REST) is a set of principles, introduced in 2000 by Roy Fielding (http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm), that define a communication protocol used when constructing a web application. REST exploits the power and openness of HTTP using simple and clean calling conventions. It is easy to look at a REST statement and discover the method for data access. Its simplicity also makes it easy to use in basic scripting. Typically, REST references today describe a web service that uses the HTTP protocol in conjunction with a custom application programming interface (API) and XML or JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) to alter or query the state of a remote resource. ...

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