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

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UnmarshalException while consuming a web service [migrated]

I have a web service based on a number of entity classes. one of them is shows below @Entity @Table(name = "users") @XmlRootElement @NamedQueries({ @NamedQuery(name = "Users.findAll", query = "SELECT ...
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REST API design for associations/aggregation

I am building RESTful API that manages persons and lists. There can be many List and many Person each with its own set of properties. Person can be in zero or more lists, List can contain zero or more ...
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Is routing a site with RESTful not the best when you have very long URLs?

I've read a lot about RESTful, but I have always had a hard time figuring out how I'd use it with a very long query string. This is an in-house project, and it won't always have a simple /someAction ...
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Is RESTFUL API as back-end service one of the best (or suitable) choice for Mobile App? [on hold]

I have a background on .NET development, recently I was asked to code back-end service for a mobile app. I had experiences on MVC, and now I'm trying to understand more on Restful Web API. My ...
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How does “dogfooding” work?

I heard that twitter practices "dogfooding," meaning that they use their own API for the website. However, I don't really understand how that's true. When I use Firebug, I see that all the AJAX calls ...
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Passing functions into other functions as parameters, bad practice?

We've been in the process of changing how our AS3 application talks to our back end and we're in the process of implementing a REST system to replace our old one. Sadly the developer who started the ...
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API Class with intensive network requests

I'm working an API which works as "intermediary" between a REST API and the developer. In this way, when the programmer do something like this: User user = client.getUser(nickname); it will ...
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Single result as REST/ODATA response on GET

In an API which should be both restful and support OData for different client types. I have an endpoint that always returns a single result. Should I: Return the entity as a single entity? Put it ...
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Which pattern is suitable to send multiple type of responses through REST web service?

I have bunch of REST style web services which support XML and JSON type responses. Now I have to modify existing web services such that they provide Protobuf type of responses. Developer who has ...
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Ideal & idomatic javascript interface for RESTful API

I am trying to write an angular service to interface with a RESTful API. For sake of simplicity, lets assume the API is + Company |___+ Department | |____ Person | |____ Person Notice how ...
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How to make sure media are used only on authorised sites?

I have a video library that I need to publish for my clients. The clients need to be able to embed a player to their sites and play the videos. I need to restrict access to my clients only so that ...
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Where and when should I use RESTful [closed]

When I should use REST? In what kind of web applications? In terms of java in what situation RESTful would be better than ordinary servlets / JSP ? Imagine that I have a web page where users can ...
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Is it a good idea to merge multiple HTTP requests to save bandwidth?

I am preparing a single page application that would be sometimes used over slow mobile connection. Some of its part are quite heavy in terms of API requests (fetching ten different resources for a new ...
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Should data be stored to local database in Android when heavily using REST services?

Let's say I have an application that has constantly changing data. Changes are so frequent that you basically need to refresh data every time you open some screen and keep refreshing it. Is it worth ...
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Defining user operations on application/collection+json response?

I'm fairly new to Collection+JSON. I have a bunch of questions regarding Collection+JSON and user operations. Use Case Having user permissions in a Collection+JSON response would be useful in ...
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Avoiding Double POST

We are implementing a RESTful webservice that will allow client applications to POST documents to it and it will store the document returning a unique identifier in the response. The clients will ...
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How to handle a Restful Call in a RESTless state?

I have a bit of a dilemma. We are choosing our DBContext using a dynamic builder. This is done because in the current database structure we have a separate server for every "Customer". All of these ...
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Should I add a key to the items of my REST API response?

I have an REST API endpoint which the JSON response looks like: { "products": [ {"id": 1040, "price": 2.95, ...} {"id": 4545, "price": 3.95, ...} ] } One of my colleagues ...
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Best pratice for return json in a REST application?

I'm starting now with REST (using Laravel 4.2) and Mobile (Android, iOS, SP, etc.) applications. Initially I'm checking if the request is ajax/json and then return a json response. But this ...
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How to communicate side effects in a RESTful API on the server to the client?

I have been thinking a lot about Hypermedia REST-APIs for the last couple of weeks. One thing I am not quite sure about is how I want to model side effects on the server side. In my current project, ...
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What is the purpose of RESTful URIs for POST/PUT/PATCH/DELETE methods?

In the process of conceiving a web application framework, I spent some time pondering the notion of RESTful paths. If I wanted to create e.g. a new topic, I might send a POST request to /topics. The ...
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In a REST service project, where should we put code that calls a third party REST API?

My project is organized in layers like Configuration Controller Service Repository Domain Our REST Controller is in the Controller layer. We need to connect to another API via REST calls and I'm ...
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How should a REST API handle PUT when missing parameters?

I have a list of users that are being assigned to a certain office. I use checkboxes to select each user and when the client is done, a PUT is performed: PUT offices/:id users[0] : 14 users[1] : 12 ...
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Android network Lib development

I have to develop an Android library that should frequently communicate with a server in the background. Access to the lib Object should be guaranteed everywhere in the Apps that will use it, so I ...
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How to handle business rules with a REST API?

I have a REST API to manage a booking system I'm searching how to manage this situation : A customer can book a time slot : A TimeSlot resource is created and linked to a Person resource. In order to ...
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Web-services REST security clarification

I'm newbie of web services programming and I have some problem to understand how to work authentication/security for REST WS pattern. I had read about OAuth but I haven't understand how it work in ...
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Web Service REST clarification

I'm new to web-service programming, and I'm unsure of a few things. I know that REST web-services can be used to interact with the system like this: to retrieve a user: GET /user?id=1 to retrieve ...
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How to handle hidden folders on deployed website

Our security team at work did a security scan of our soon-to-be-deployed website and one of the items that was found was "Hidden Directory Detected". It shows up for 3 different folders, ...
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URLs with variable query strings and cache

I am developing a media server, the basic functionality is to serve an image, which is done the following way /media/:id where :id is the id of the image. You may want to ask for a specific size, ...
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Good way to handle the notification counter like Facebook does

I want to build a similar notification mechanism that Facebook handles. I actually store the user's notification in an SQL table (actually it's a graph database but everybody master RDBMS terms). ...
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Single page app permissions represented through RESTful APIs

I'm trying to figure out the right way to handle permissions in a single page app that talks directly to several RESTful APIs, that implement HATEOAS. As an example: "As a user of my application I ...
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Commenting strategies in C# & asp.net web api

I've been working on a ASP.NET Web Api 2 project as a learning exercise, and I was wondering what the norm regarding commenting is. I use the Repository / Service Pattern, and everything is very much ...
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Multitier architecture using API

I have been reading a number of posts and I am leaning towards building an SOA. My main dependencies are: Need to support multiple clients Need individual client environments to not effect other ...
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DTO - service layer - statelessness best practices interfering with each other

I am designing a REST API coupled with a service layer that takes DTOs as input and produces them as output. This works fine for most service calls where the DTO is used to access an underlying ...
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Is OAuth suitable for this scenario?

I need to create a simple web application for track expenses, with some basic actions (user must be able to create an account and log in, list expenses, edit them, etc) with a REST API for each one, ...
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Nested objects in REST

I have simple set of resources, not more than 10 types, with some one-to-many relationships. For example An order has many entries An entry has many comments A machine can have multiple entries ...
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How to structure REST api service that accepts POST parameters in the body

Everything I've read says to pass parameters to a REST service in the URI, whether by template, or query string: https://www.myapp/my/login/api/authenticate/ganders/mypassword or ...
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REST API Structure

I have a REST API that looks something like the below where a person can belong to an organisation (but doesn't have to) and a person has many items. The items may also belong to the organisation ...
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What is the argument for singular nouns in RESTful API resource naming?

I understand that when naming RESTful URI's it is commonly accepted to use plurals to represent collections of resources. I am curious as to the argument for using singular nouns instead.
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Link relation values and REL attribute - edited

In REST, do we always use link relation values to convey semantics/role of a linked resource? I assume link relation value is always specified using rel attribute? Should rel attribute only be ...
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Access Token Verification

I have spent quite a few days reading up on Oauth and token based security measures for REST API's and I am currently looking at implementing an Oauth based authentication approach almost exactly like ...
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Doubts about several best practices for rest api + service layer

I'm going to be starting a project soon that exposes a restful api for business intelligence. It may not be limited to a restful api, so I plan to delegate requests to a service layer that then ...
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ASP.NET MVC WebService - Security for Industrial Android Clients [closed]

I'm trying to design a system that will allow a bunch of Android devices to securely log into an ASP.NET MVC REST Web service. At present neither side are implemented. However there is an ASP.NET ...
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What exactly are Link Relation Values?

From REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture: For computer-to-computer interactions, we advertise protocol information by embedding links in representations, much as we do with ...
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Quite confused about what constitutes Current state of a resource

From REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture: The current state of a resource is a combination of: The values of information items belonging to that resource Links to ...
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POST and PUT requests – is it just the convention?

I've read quite a few articles on the difference between POST and PUT and in when the two should be used. But there are still few things confusing me ( hopefully questions will make some sense ): 1) ...
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REST Service and CQRS

I am struggling with architecture on a new project. I am using the following patterns/technology. CQRS - anything going in goes through a command REST - using WebAPI MVC - asp.net mvc Angular - ...
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URIs and Resource vs Resource representation

URL is an URI which identifies a resource by location. Resource representation is a view of resource's state. This view is encoded in one or more transferable formats, such as XHTML, Atom, XML, MP3 ...
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Is it RESTful to resume terminated POST operation on a GET request?

I have a RESTful API, one of the resource has a state that is determined collectively by multiple servers, not all of them belong to us. One of the operation on this resource will have to modify the ...
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Is is OK to use a non-primary key as the id in a rails resource?

I am getting ready to set up a resource for some new api calls to my rails application. I am planning on calling the resource devices ie resources :devices This is going to represent android ...