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

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Nested REST urls and parent id, which is better design?

Okay, we have two resources: Album and Song. Here is API: GET,POST /albums GET,POST /albums/:albumId GET,POST /albums/:albumId/songs GET,POST /albums/:albumId/songs/:songId We know that we hate ...
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REST and foreign key constraints

I have a rather complex database schema using foreign key constraints. This database schema will be accessed with REST services. Should REST or the database be responsible for referential integrity? ...
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A separate endpoint specifically for sync in a REST api

I am working on a multi client/single server app. Communication between the two happens via RESTful API. There are several resources that need to stay in sync across all clients, including images ...
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REST request of different length

When a client requests my .../resources/user URL with a HTTP GET I get the following response: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?> <collection> <User ...
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REST API concepts

I have three questions about REST API design that I'm hoping someone can shed some light on. I've searched relentlessly for many hours but haven't found answers to my questions anywhere (maybe I just ...
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What are the deciding factors in choosing to expose a web service as a SOAP or REST service?

As far as I can see consuming SOAP requires a SOAP stack, so it is harder for your clients to consume i.e. they need to ensure that they have a SOAP stack in place that formats the POST data and the ...
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proper way to design REST interface with nginx lua.

I'm a noob at nginx and lua. But I'm trying to design a REST interface. The plan is to create a location entry that will match URIs like this: curl -i -X GET ...
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What's the proper name for type of security where we secure resources by ownerrship

I work on REST API that mixes two types of security: First you have standard role-based security - so we have multiple roles such as admin, read-only user, super user user etc. Then we have also ...
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RESTful Api: Send email with links to client URL

A client can call the following REST api URI to send an enquiry POST /v1/businesses/{business_name}/enquiries The enquiry can then be viewed through the following call: GET ...
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REST API - Should API Return Nested JSON Objects?

When it comes to JSON APIs is it good practice to flatten out responses and avoid nested JSON objects? As an example lets say we have an API similar to IMDb but for video games. There are a couple ...
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Should I specify the userId in the REST URL structure?

Basically, one feature of my app is to retrieve the logged user's friends. Actually, I hesitate between both kind of endpoints: GET /api/users/friends GET /api/users/:userId/friends Using 1, ...
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Is this pattern RESTful? Or something else?

I'm working on a new project that will create a web-based API to perform CRUD operations on a relational database. Originally, I was going to create the API as http-based, and make it RESTful so ...
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Is ReST useful in Read/Write Operations that involve over 100 Gig

I work in Healthcare and we use SAS to Extract and Transform medical and pharmacy claims data for use in downstream reporting applications. For a given Report Request(usually 40 are running at a ...
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Transactions and subresources with JAX-RS

I'm porting an existing application RESTful API to a Java web framework -- I don't actually care which -- but it's proving hard to get the basics right. The core of the problem appears to be getting ...
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Web API: avoiding name conflicts in URL query parameters

I am implementing a REST-like API and have just faced an interesting problem. There is a need to provide a resource with an open list of query parameters to filter the results. For example: GET ...
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How shall I project CQRS command and query services through WCF

I got directed to this site for more conceptual questions. Here is my issue: Im designing an application that uses CQRS to expose functionality to higher levels in the stack. This looks like below ...
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Persistent RESTful state on client without cookies

I'm reading Roy Fielding's dissertation Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures, which introduces the REST architectural style. Roy explains that cookies are a ...
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RESTful basic http atuhentication credentials

I am currently working on web application which has front-end, and back-end. Back-end has RESTful architecture, or something that looks like RESTful to me (this is my first attempt to make something ...
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Event sourcing and REST

I came across Event Sourcing design and I would like to use in an application where a REST client is needed (RESTful to be precise). However I fail to connect these together as REST is quite CRUD-like ...
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Producing JSON objects from JPA entities in REST API

I have a REST service producing JSON and consuming JSON. A lot of this are simple CRUD operations. My initial idea was to simply use the DAOs directly in the controller: @ResponseBody() ...
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How discrete should a RESTful API be?

I've never built a RESTful API before and I am wondering how discrete should it be? For example lets say I have a customer which has a name, address, phone number, email address, language, etc. Does ...
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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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advantage of having multiple REST web services

I have a application designed using Spring REST service. the application has two REST projects: Web Core Web has html, JavaScript and Java classes (ajax calls this REST). These Java classes in ...
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Why does this API include a static “kind” parameter in the request and response?

I am looking at the Google QPX Express API and noticed that each group of parameters includes a kind parameter that is set to a specific string. For example, on the request: { "request": { ...
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Do RESTful API controllers typically only provide resources related to their own type?

Let's say my API has the following routes: GET /theaters GET /theaters/:id GET /theaters/:id/movies GET /movies GET /movies/:id GET /movies/:id/theaters And then I have the following controllers ...
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What does that mean? SOAP operation represents logic and REST Resources that represent data

I am trying to understand the different between SOAP and REST so one of these differences is. SOAP exposes operation that represents logic and REST exposes Resources that represent data. What does ...
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Trying to process partial POST of data in REST when some data is successful?

I have a resource that accepts array of numbers. Each number is proceed interdependently, and computation fails are expected. How should I communicate to API client "some of your numbers couldn't be ...
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Resource representation can depend on identity?

If some resource on a RESTful api is to be protected, we can do it by using OAuth for example, and then if the there's no token on the headers of the request (i.e. no identity) we return a 401 status ...
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Separating Django models for SOA

First of all, the goal of this exercise is to create a SOA with Django. I am trying to understand what the implications would be if I decided to separate and insulate models into apps, provide a REST ...
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What's the point with HATEOAS on the client-side?

As I currently understand HATEOAS is basically all about sending together with each response links with information about what to do next. One simple example is easily found on the internet: a banking ...
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How to design a RESTful API with good performance

When designing RESTful APIs, one of the rules is: "URI designates exactly one resource" , but in the real world we also like good performance and one thing to kill performance is the N+1 problem. So ...
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RESTful Backend - How coupled should my back end and front end be?

I'm creating a web application with a front end client written in angular as well as a back end that I'm writing in Django (there are reasons I picked the frameworks but they are irrelevant to my ...
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Understanding RESTful web services

I've been trying to understand how RESTful web services work and I've come up with a series of doubts and questions for which I have been unable to find an answer. First of all and to make sure I am ...
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Does ORM at any point become a “requirement” for RESTful API?

I've started building a RESTful API in PHP's Slim framework. The framework appealed to me because of its light-weight design and routing features. I am using PostgreSQL for the database. However, ...
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What is really a resource?

I'm starting to study about web api's and REST and I'm having a hard time to understand what is really a resource. Basically the book I'm reading says that a resource is a conceptual mapping to one or ...
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RESTful way of referencing other resources in the request body

Let's assume that I have a resource called group with the following representation: { "id": 1, "name": "Superheroes" "_links": { "self": { "href": ...
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Should an Http API always return a body?

Is there some sort of standard regarding http api responses? After reading this discourse thread I started to wonder. We are developing our public http json api at my work, and we do not return ...
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How to consume inconsistent REST API with Mongo DB backend?

We are using a third party REST API and we are building one of the pages on our ASP.NET site around the data it delivers. We get results in JSON, and interact with it mostly using .NET MongoDB Driver. ...
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Using many Resource URI to create a Record and handling failure

Hi Guys, I have a decision to make to solve a problem, I’m describing the problem below. Application Overview I have an ASP.NET MVC 4 webApp which uses Rest Api for almost all the tasks, from Login ...
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Designing a REST api by URI vs query string

Let's say I have three resources that are related like so: Grandparent (collection) -> Parent (collection) -> and Child (collection) The above depicts the relationship among these resources ...
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Do web applications use HTTP as a transport layer, or do they count as an integral part of the HTTP server?

Given an HTTP server (e.g. Apache, IIS) and a web application (user code running in the server using PHP, ASP.NET and the likes), which of those can decide which HTTP status code to return for any ...
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RavenDb - Get data through a REST Web API

I would like to build a RESTful API where I need to get data from a RavenHQ-cloud-database. First of all, is this possible? The idea is to have multiple applications (xamarin-app, mvc-app, etc.) and ...
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Best way to keep consistent data in model across devices?

I have a model for an app that is fairly large, all of which needs to be on a users' device at the same time. For example, a spreadsheet. If a user makes a change to the model on one device, I want ...
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What is the best way to create REST API error response model and error codes system?

My REST implementation will return errors in JSON with next structure: { "http_response":400, "dev_message":"There is a problem", "message_for_user":"Bad request", ...
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RESTFul: state changing actions

I'am planning to build RESTfull API but there are some architectural questions that are creating some problems in my head. Adding backend bussiness logic to clients is option that I would like to ...
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Purpose of authentication on API's?

After asking this question I found that I have a different question. What's the purpose of authenticating an API anyway? Take Twitter for instance. If you want to use this link to load some user's ...
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Saving to file before storing into a database in a REST service

A mobile back-end I am building should receive a larger amount of data (some sensor recordings) from an Android phone. The phone does not have much use of it so it was most efficient to store the data ...
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Breaking dependencies on remote APIs

The system I'm working on has a core web application where the bulk of the work is done. However, it relies on another server to handle transactional finance data. It connects to the server using a ...
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Separation of web server and stateless REST API

Currently, I have a single Node server that provides both (a) stateless API routes returning JSON, and (b) session-based web routes. My API routes and web routes have started sharing a lot of code, ...
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Gradual reveal in REST APIs [closed]

In the article Building Web Services the REST Way, the author states: Design to reveal data gradually. Don't reveal everything in a single response document. Provide hyperlinks to obtain more ...