Article: Introduction to REST


by Vindhya Nagaraj 1. REST Introduction The usage of Twitter, Amazon, Google Maps, e-bay and many other applications has become extensive. The ease of development and access of such applications is due to the implementation of a web service which is simple yet supports complex functionalities; called Representational State Transfer (REST). Before starting with REST lets understand what a Web service is. A Web service is a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. In layman terms they are the calls made by the application to a service present on the web to perform the specified actions. REST was introduced and defined in 2000 by Roy Fielding. Rest is a stateless architecture which uses a client-server, cacheable communication protocol HTTP. It is an Application Programming Interface (API) which performs all the functions using HTTP methods. Features of RESTful Web Services: 1. Client-server module: REST has uniform....

September 2, 2014
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