Representational state transfer, or REST, is an architectural style for networking software to transfer information through the web.

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How to design a system that interacts with several competing REST APIs?

Understandly is a web application that lets people manage the translation of marketing content (such as AdWords campaigns). Currently, people have to use "their own" translators. We're looking to ...
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Proper RESTful web service response code usage

Assuming I create a RESTful web service that looks up a user in a database given the id as a parameter. If the user does not exist, should I return a 404 response (because user not found)? Or a 200 ...
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Ubiquitous language and maturity level in REST API?

According to Richardson Maturity Model there are several levels of maturity in REST approach. http://martinfowler.com/articles/richardsonMaturityModel.html Since DDD uses ubiquitous language, I am ...
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How can I find out network latency in rest service

I have two Java applications deployed on tomcat. For inter application communication I provide jar file of application (Java API) to other application and it becomes a method call which is fast. Now ...
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Prevent abuse to REST API endpoint

Question 1 I have a login API endpoint http://127.0.0.1:8080/api/account/login It checks if the phone number has been validated. If not it will call POST http://127.0.0.1:8080/api/account/sendsms ...
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RESTful HTTP and websocket in the same application?

If an application has already an opened WebSocket for live feeds, should I use it over AJAX for the other communications with the server? Because the connection is already opened, should we use it ...
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RESTful API/Data Modeling - How to model an subordinate resource that will only ever have one element

I'm creating an API and data model for a multi-user document-creation application and I'm having trouble with a particular part of the data model/API design. Below is my current line of thinking: ...
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HTTP Status Code for “Still Processing”

I'm building a RESTful API that supports queuing long-running tasks for eventual handling. The typical workflow for this API would be: User fills in form Client posts data to API API returns 202 ...
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Rate-Limiting in an OAuth REST API: per token or per consumer?

I am building a REST API and intent to use rate limiting (using the leaky bucket algorithm) as a way to protect against crawling and enumeration. The API will be consumed by a Mobile/Tablet App ...
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Alternatives on how to deal with data fetched from external API

We are planning to build a web application which will consume data from an internal REST API that centralizes all of our "core" business data. For matter of demonstration, let's say this API exposes ...
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Modelling a REST Object Question (Python)

I have a REST API that I want to model in a class so I can access the properties using the dot notation (JS list notation). I explicately defined the properties on my class using the @property tags ...
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Am I making use of REST if I have implemented an Android app that connects to a localhost?

Would I be using REST or would my app be considered RESTful if I was using the Google Volley library to connect to a database on localhost?
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Warnings in a REST API as not critical errors

I have a REST API that for some of entpoinds like DELETE, POST or PUT I have some validation rules that can return an error. Now I need a new type of an error like a non-critical error, that it ...
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Code structure of third party framework [closed]

Is an API always returning 200 OK, an issue?
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Eventing solutions for java legacy applications too old for real JMS queue/topic eventing?

What are some architectural solutions that can mimic eventing for systems (Java) that are too old to implement eventing solutions, such as conventional Queue/Topic based JMS messaging? I have a ...
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Implementing real world Consumer-Driven Contracts in a single web application

I've been leaning towards the idea of Consumer-Driven Contracts in order to allow separate API consumers evolve on their own. To approach this concept initially I'm tempted to dip my toes in slightly ...
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REST api design: How to manage multiple type of resources in URL?

Lets say I have an Organization and Users inside that organization. To get a user in particular organization what should be the GET request url from below options? 1. ...
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How to design a REST API client?

I recently started to develop a client library for Bondora's REST API in ruby. As this is my first project of this kind, I was wondering what the common functionality and design of such a library ...
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Should models be returning data directly to the client, or to the controller instead?

Disclaimer: This is my first time: using node, creating a REST API, and trying out MVC server side. (so, just statistically speaking, I'm probably doing something wrong ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) I'm working on ...
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Where is the place for contracts/protocol in RESTful communication?

I am trying to explore and understand RESTful approach to things. I've read that the interface be should not be contractual. That is what I get from HATEOAS. But surely there must exist some ...
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RESTful way of requesting server generated resource

I want a server to be a producer of tasks for the client to process and be sent back. What is the proper HTTP method in RESTful approach to create and return a new resource? This seems silly, but the ...
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How to structure path-colliding REST webservices with role-access

I have a bunch of REST webservices that my client uses. For instance, to create a user, I have POST /users and to modify it POST /users/{id} The problem is, some fields, as marketArea, are ...
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Best solution to authorize that a user is only allowed to modify/act with their own resources in a REST API

Background: Currently in the process of building out a REST API, using node w/express and it is consumed by a mobile app and eventually a (modern browser based) website. I'm trying to identify the ...
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RESTful API. Should I be returning the object that was created / updated?

I'm designing a RESTful web service using WebApi and was wondering what HTTP responses and response bodies to return when updating / creating objects. For example I can use the POST method to send ...
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Boolean endpoint within a RESTful API

I am currently designing a JSON RESTful API which should have a boolean endpoint such as /item/vote which can either be false meaning that a user has not voted for a specific item or true meaning that ...
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Should REST APIs contain the ability to dispatch email?

When building a service that uses both a back-end REST API, and (a) front-end application(s), is it proper to build into that API the ability to dispatch email? Take Twitter for example; for those ...
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REST: Can I use POST request to read data?

Is it against best-practices to use a POST request to read data? Are there any exceptions to this? e.g. Authentication requests where you have to POST data to perform a read action. I have an API ...
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Paging Strategies : Page Token vs Skip/Start Index

I am seeing that more and more new APIs use page tokens to let the user move between the pages of results containing a lot of items. However from an API designer point of view I'm not clear on what ...
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Implementing a composite REST service

The past years I have had the need to implement business logic in a larger type of service, most often orchestrating a handful of atomic/microservices. Operations like "search and update document, ...
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Whether to embed linked resources in REST API

I am building a REST API where clients can query user-sent messages, like this: GET http://example.com/api/v1/messages?from=0&to=100 Response: [ { "id": 12345, "text": ...
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Restful user routes with web token

I'm trying to create an api which has a login that issues a JSON web token and then offers a handful of resources to authenticated requesters. User is a type of resource, and this is where I get ...
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Cache updates after not related REST request completes

I am wondering about the following scenario - it's in the land of Spring/AOP and Ehcache. Happens in REST Web Application - REST/Service/DAO layers - I have objects in cache (@Repository + ...
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Does RESTful response always return a 404 and empty content when an array is expected but the result is empty?

I worked with Ruby on Rails and RESTful api before and now with Django Rest framework. For this question let's say we only consider the case of JSON but not XML. It seems that when we expect an ...
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Is returning a json object instead an array via REST good or bad style?

I am working on my API and would like to return some stats. Those are stored and collected in code, and I can choose my way to return those. My first approach was using hash, so my data looks like: ...
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Securing a REST API based on authentication with external site

I have a website with an already-established authentication system. Once a user logs on to it, one of the features is a statistics application based on AngularJS. The app communicates with an ...
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Should I be permissive of unknown parameters?

I'm designing a RESTful API and faced with the title problem, restated for clarity: Should I fail fast if a client sends an unrecognized parameter? For example, ...
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More scalable alternative to a transaction-per.request in a SQL+REST stack?

I'm new in web programming with SQL database. So please forgive my ignorance. I'm using some modern framework to make a REST server with a SQL database. I'm using transaction only when I think I need ...
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Publish / Subscribe via HTTP Callbacks?

My team is tasked with creating a publish/subscribe system for incoming REST messages. 99% of the time, this system will be used for notifications between different processes on the same cpu, but we ...
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RESTful API, what's the best way to implement status changes and events?

For example I need to update the status of a "Purchase Order" from "Draft" to "Sent". What's the best way of doing this? Do I just the update the status field in the client side and then just POST ...
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Considerations about returning text instead of JSON in a JSON compliant API [closed]

I'm using Spring-Boot + Jackson to implement a Rest API. When I return some object from my methods the controllers are building a JSON compliant response. However, that's not happening when I return ...
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Fine-grained data level permissions on a laravel RESTful API

The problem: We want to restrict access to properties returned from our services. Details: We have route level permissions working with no issue. For a user that can view /product/{id} for ...
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JsonAPI - Updating the relationship for a resource

I am having trouble understanding http://jsonapi.org/. Say, I have the following endpoints in my API for authors and articles. /authors /authors/:id/articles If I wanted to fetch the ...
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Layer application and token authentication

Suppose we have an application with multiple layers in .Net: Domain layer (entities) Data access layer (entity framework) Business layer Web Services layer (Web Api) Presentation layer (MVC) Now I ...
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How to build notification system in Azure

I have a system running in Azure that accepts messages via a REST endpoint. The customer has a certain number of devices that send some data for example temperature and we present this data in a web ...
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Spring Consuming Internal REST WS for MVC

Sorry in advance if this is a little confusing, it's difficult how to phrase this. I am currently using Spring MVC with some RESTful services mixed in for some AJAX client side logic. I am looking ...
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Scaling a Restful Web Service Hosted in Server

We have deployed a restful web service on a application server (Apache). The volume is getting higher and we do want to scale it. We will deploy two more Apache instances on two more machines. How do ...
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REST API - omitted properties in POST request: How should they be handled?

Given the following scenario: Teacher entity { "id": "1234", "name": "Mr. Didactic", "Subject": "History", "Classroom": "1A" } REST API endpoint: /teacher/id/1234 Let's say I submit ...
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Is pure RESTful required for Angular JS / Backend running on same web server?

I am developing an application with Sprintboot + REST + Angular. While I am working on the REST API, I am trying to design as RESTful as possible. I'm encountering certain pages where the Angular UI ...
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REST API design for web pages with wizards

I have a web page with wizard format. The submission button to the API will be in the 4th step of wizard. However I want the data entered to be stored in database before moving to the next step in the ...
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Relationship between REST APIs and Databases [duplicate]

I've been studying databases and rest APIs lately and I have a question about the relationship between the two. Imagine I have a database with three tables, STUDENTS, ENROLLED, and CLASSES. STUDENTS ...