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

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is using a PUT with side affects acceptable (REST)

I want to create an undo history whenever the user updates a form. Because it's an update, I want to use a PUT request. However, I read that PUT needs to have no side effects. Is it acceptable to ...
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Why use REST with PHP? [closed]

I am developing an app in Android, i need get information from a external database in mysql and i read about Rest.. REST is using HTTP verbs GET, POST, PUT, DELETE to respectively get, insert, ...
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How to organize methods that check username/email availability in a REST API?

I am developing a RESTful API in my project, but I do not have experience on that. To fill these gaps I've been watching some videos, mainly from Apigee, which are great. One situation brings a lot of ...
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How should I specify locations where clients can resolve authorization problems in a REST API?

I'm working through an API design where a user's authentication will be verified by the presence of a valid forms authentication ticket in a session cookie. However, there are additional levels of ...
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Why REST Api do not follow the Facade design pattern

In comparing REST [api] structure with a OO model, I see these similarities: Both: Are data oriented REST = Resources OO = Objects Surround operation around data REST = surround VERBS (Get, ...
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Is it an implementation of a stateful mechanism for Rest API authentication?

In many articles about Rest API's best practices, it is recommended to not depend upon sessions on server side since it leads to a stateful mechanism. I currently use Play 2.2 framework, with a ...
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Shoud I directly return a string message or rather a i18n key when dealing with JSON api?

Suppose a rest api returning this json: { "status" : "fail", "data" : { "title" : "A title is required" } } Since the client application would always adapt the error message, would it be ...
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Designing the bridge between REST layer to service layer

I am working on a project and would like to expose some rest services. The technologies used are RestEasy, EJB and JPA/Hibernate. I have structured my app so that there is a clear delimitation ...
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How to safeguard a REST API for only trusted mobile applications

How do I make sure my REST API only responds to requests generated by trusted clients, in my case my own mobile applications? I want to prevent unwanted requests coming from other sources. I don't ...
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How best do you represent a bi-directional sync in a REST api?

Assuming a system where there's a Web Application with a resource, and a reference to a remote application with another similar resource, how do you represent a bi-directional sync action which ...
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What is the limit on REST API resource levels

When designing a REST API, how deep should the resources levels go? For example; If I have the following database tables: Companies: ID, Name Employees: ID, Name, CompanyID Tasks: ID, Name, ...
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Rest API Architecture from Rest in Practice book

We maintain an API that as part of its purpose makes a call to an external API. This external API takes a few seconds to fulfil the request we make to it. With our current architecture the request is ...
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How to configure these REST API Resources [closed]

I'm still in the design phase of my REST API, and I'm a bit stuck on how to configure the resources. The API will be consumed by mobile devices (Android, iOS, and Windows). Communication through ...
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Authenticate native mobile app using a REST API

I'm starting a new project soon, which is targeting mobile application for all major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows). It will be a client-server architecture. The app is both informational ...
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How is reactive logic programming different from functional programming?

As Reactive Programming model is perfectly suited to address the change propagation required for transaction processing, that is, when the server receives change (Insert, Update, or Delete) requests. ...
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Initiating processing in a RESTful manner

Let's say you have a resource that you can do normal PUT/POST/GET operations on. It represents a BLOB of data and the methods retrieve representations of the data, be they metadata about the BLOB or ...
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Restful WebAPI VS Regular Controllers

I'm doing some R&D on what seems like a very confusing topic, I've also read quite a few of the other SO questions, but I feel my question might be unique enough to warrant me asking. We've never ...
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How to handle fine grained field-based ACL permissions in a RESTful service?

I've been trying to design a RESTful API and have had most of my questions answered, but there is one aspect of permissions that I'm struggling with. Different roles may have different permissions ...
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Is this a secure solution for RESTful authentication?

I need to quickly implement a RESTful authentication system for my JavaScript application to use. I think I understand how it should work, but I just want to double check. Here's what I'm thinking -- ...
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Session in RESTful web services, how it works?

In a web services, how does the server know which request belongs to which session? I know that for a web application, the web server inspects the cookie (or the sessonId query parameter in case ...
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Is ROA a specific form of doing SOA?

I have read somewhere that ROA (Resource Oriented Architecture) is SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) with specific constraints added. SOA is the abstract concept of combining discrete pieces of ...
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The balance between client and server functionality

I want to bring the discussion that started in our teams and get your opinion about it. Assume we have an user account which could have different credentials for authentication and associated email ...
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Role based access to resources for a RESTful service

I'm still wrapping my head around REST, but I wonder if someone can help with any suggestions or approaches to role based access control for a RESTful service, particularly from the point of view of ...
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REST partial bad request

I'm implementing a REST method that allows you to post a list of items. If all data is correct I obviously return a 201 and if all data is incorrect a 400. What would be an appropriate response code ...
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Applying DDD principles in a RESTish web service

I am developing an RESTish web service. I think I got the idea of the difference between aggregation and composition. Aggregation does not enforce lifecycle/scope on the objects it references. ...
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Comparing TCP/IP applications vs HTTP applications [closed]

I'm interested in developing a large-scale user-facing website that is written in Java. As for design, I'm thinking of developing independent, modular services that can act as data providers to my ...
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Which timeout should I set to an external service?

This service is a remote session pool. I need to ask for a session to work with other services. In most cases, this pool will have a session available, so in 15ms I will have a response. But ...
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REST or a message queue in a multi-tier heterogeneous system?

I'm designing a REST API for a three-tier system like: Client application -> Front-end API cloud server -> user's home API server (Home). Home is a home device, and is supposed to maintain connection ...
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What are the best practices and pitfalls of doing a JS app powered purely by RESTful API? [closed]

We are starting to build a new app and I would like to explore the idea of doing a thick JS client (backbone / angular) with only RESTful API exposed by our application layer. What are some of the ...
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Guidance for Web XML Api's

I have to create an API for our application that is accessible over HTTP. I envision the API's responses to be simple XML documents. It won't be a REST API (not in the strict sense of REST). I am ...
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What is the proper way to do REST?

Everybody nowadays does SOA, even if some don't actually understand what is all about. So they do it wrong. Using that as an analogy I know what REST is (or at least I think I do) and want to do some ...
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When does SOAP make more sense than REST? [duplicate]

From my understanding of REST, the implicit assumption is that all operations are CRUD operations. Sometimes, you are not doing CRUD operations and are doing some more complex logic. In this case, is ...
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Is it possible to share oAuth Session?

We are working on a project that includes a web server and a mobile application, we need to access the user's private data (facebook, twitter ...) from the web server by requesting from the user to ...
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Can REST, Ajax and jQuery work well together?

I'm trying to use REST (usign spring MVC) as my Ajax backend but got some problems when using it with jQuery. REST best pratices recommend using HTTP status code, e.g. 200, 403, 401, etc, and I have ...
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SQL API instead of a REST API? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of exposing an SQL API instead of a REST API? Let's assume that this would be a private API – the API developer and user are on the same team. Probably the biggest problem ...
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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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Implementing a claims-based security model to secure a WCF service

Currently, all of our web applications (and the WCF services they interact with) are run internally. Nothing is exposed to the web. We want to open up our web applications to the Internet and will ...
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HasMany RESTfull Implementation

So I've been reading a lot on RESTfull design - specifically dealing with resources. Taking the canonical example of Users, Posts, and Comments, with relationships as: Users ---(hasMany)---> Post ...
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Specifying the format in which I want to get a response through POST

It's a good practice to let a client specify the format in Web REST API: GET /api/items/123.csv However, not only GET can return some answer, but POST also can do Status: 201 Created { mgs: ...
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Is POST for an element generally not exposed or invalid in REST APIs?

I was browsing around wikipedia on REST, reading specifically the section on REST APIs Reading the different ways to treat elements from collections I read that POST is not generally used. How does ...
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Design Issue: Service layer/ trying to maintain RESTful architecture

I'm trying to design a web-application - and after doing a lot of reading on REST + design patterns, I'm at a loss on how to handle my requirements. I think I may be getting caught-up in all the ...
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REST Relationships Besides Parent/Child

This would seem to be a pretty basic question, but I can't seem to find appropraite guidelines for it. What is the "restful" way of POSTing a relationship between two entities that are not necessarily ...
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Should a RESTful API provide data for an entire form?

Let's say I have a JavaScript web application which entirely uses a RESTful API for data. Let's say this application has a data form, and let's say I'm editing a record at /product/12345. When ...
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Rest API and caching data

I have developed an application where you should be able to browse products catalog(READ ONLY) even network access is down no wifi or 3g/lte etc. Clients(windows,ios,android etc) consume the rest api. ...
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Which is simpler for REST client call to return JSON - JQuery/JavaScript or Spring RestTemplate? [closed]

I've been trying to hack up an annotated Spring MVC web app but it's proving pretty hard to call a URL of my web app which fires a request to a remote API (UK Police data) and recieves a reply which I ...
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How to Track File Uploads and Return Upload Status with REST?

The users for our software will want to upload potentially large amounts of files in bulk to our servers. It is then desired that we display the upload status any time the user views the upload ...
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How should a REST API handle PUT requests to partially-modifiable resources?

Suppose a REST API, in response to a HTTP GET request, returns some additional data in a sub-object owner: { id: 'xyz', ... some other data ... owner: { name: 'Jo Bloggs', role: ...
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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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Creating an entity relationship in REST: May I create the parent by posting to a child id?

We are currently designing a REST API to access classical customer data. One of the elements in the API are the assets of an user. The assets are added under a given service. The backend API will ...
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Is it safe to transmit access tokens via HTTP headers?

It's the first RESTful web service and I am concerned about security issues. Is it safe to transmit my access token via HTTP headers? For example: POST /v1/i/resource HTTP/1.1 Content-Type: ...