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

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What architecture/design to adopt when consuming a RESTful API? (iOS App)

TL;DR Part 1) I want to refactor the biggest part of the app on which I work - and it is pretty much spaghetti. It's a single class that makes the requests to the server, parses the JSON and saves ...
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Grouping and nesting of REST APIs

My question is around best practice of aggregating or grouping REST APIs. I have a scenario where there are many different vendors, data sources, etc. and I think grouping REST APIs would make a lot ...
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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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What is the best way to expose services to mobile devices? [closed]

We are working on providing services to mobile devices(Android, iOS and Windows). These services mostly return data and nothing OS or any programming language specific. We are currently planning on ...
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Design of actions handlers requiring some order

I have a REST application where 'actions' can be executed to perform anything in the system. For example: user.save, user.get, etc... I also have pre and post execution 'handlers'. For example a ...
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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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Many small requests vs. few large requests (API Design)

I'm currently working on a project with an organization as follows: Client - Gets data from the main server via REST api. Server - Requests data from various other servers via third-party APIs ...
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How do I write a REStful API's functional specifications?

I've been looking for answers about writing functional specifications for a software for a while now but I can't seem to find an answer to my specific case. I think I understand the difference ...
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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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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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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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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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Secure Rest api from authenticated user

Let's say that my Rest api is secured using OAuth 2. Let's say my client is a mobile App. Let's say that i have an Api call: @Post /increasePoints host:https://www.example.com/increasePoints ...
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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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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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Handling DomainExceptions using REST endpoint

Suppose I'm doing some DDD. Now, I have a microservice reflecting a bounded context/a part of a bounded context. Now, suppose there is a REST endpoint: '/somedomainmodel/someaction' My API user is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Web Api design - Using Nouns vs verbs

I have this design situation at work. We have a internal Web-Api application and a Asp.Net Web forms application(UI). The web-application is calling Web-Api to update a Contractor. public Class ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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get All data vs get partial data Optimization

Let's say a client makes a GET call to the server to get all the followers of some user. now the client shows a list of all the followers but the only data the list needs is: {"username" : "user", ...