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

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How to implement a RESTful API that updates a list which might have exclusion and addition of related resources?

We have an application where there is an API to create a document with a POST and update it with a PUT. There is a separate API to share document with users. Now, How should we approach updating the ...
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Is performance the only reason not to use SignalR (websockets) entirely in lieu of a traditional REST API?

I have used SignalR to achieve real-time messaging functionality in several of my projects. It seems to work reliably and is very easy to learn to use. The temptation, at least for me, is to abandon ...
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Why is a small fixed vocabulary seen as an advantage to RESTful services?

So, a RESTful service has a fixed set of verbs in its vocabulary. A RESTful web service takes these from the HTTP methods. There are some supposed advantages to defining a fixed vocabulary, but I ...
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Which HTTP verb should I use to trigger an action in a REST web service?

I am implementing a RESTful web service and one of the available actions will be reload. It will be used to reload configurations, cache, etc. We started with a simple GET to an URI like this: ...
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Using a REST API for both mobile and web [closed]

I've always only used REST to build web services for mobile apps, for example i use Django to build the website using templates, and build a REST API using django framework, but would it be a good ...
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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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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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Should I use WADL to describe my RESTful API?

I'm about to embark on a project that makes extensive use of a properly RESTful approach. That is, it uses HATEOAS and serves up resources in a manner that allows for general exploration by a client. ...
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How to design URIs to initate batch jobs in a RESTful service

If I want to run a job at the end of the month to calculate the commission for all the sales consultants based on the current transaction data, eg commission rate for the person, sales done in the ...
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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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Where is it implied that REST is not based on HTTP [closed]

I've been over Fielding's paper on REST and all over the web, including StackOverflow trying to understand this. After reading everything I can about REST, I was under the impression that Fielding ...
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How to deal with multiple “entry points” for an action in a REST API?

Let's say we have two kinds of resources, user and group. Every user can belong to multiple groups and each group can have many members. Thus I can model my API like this / |_ /users/{id} | |_ ...
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Why PATCH method is not idempotent?

I was wondering about this. Suppose I have a user resource with id and name fields. If I want to update a field I could just do a PATCH request to the resource like this PATCH /users/42 {"name": ...
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What should my RESTful API method look like for a Roulette game?

I'm building a roulette game for fun, and the game will use a RESTful API. I'm building out the functionality for spinning the roulette wheel. I'm using MongoDB and have a collection for players _id ...
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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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Implementing a tricky REST API with ASP.NET Web API

I'm trying to build a RESTful API using ASP.NET Web API for a game, and here are the methods I have so far: /games GET /games/:id GET /games POST /games PUT /games DELETE /users GET /users/:id GET ...
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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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What is RESTful way of action confirmation?

Some of my API actions require SMS confirmation due to security reasons, like creation of payment and CRUD for scheduled payments. Right now I just return an entity with AwaitingSMSConfirmation state ...
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How to Handle Multiple Versions of a REST API [duplicate]

At an interview I was asked the following question. You are giving out a rest API and you know that there will be multiple versions of it. The API methods will remain the same across versions but the ...
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Sending multiple resources under REST endpoints

I am designing an API where- 1. There can be multiple devices under a gateway. 2. There are multiple sensors on every device. GET /devices/d1/sensors/s1 returns the status of sensor s1 on device ...
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Website testable design [duplicate]

I have developed two web services. The main service is a RESTful service (using DB), and another UI service that uses the RESTful service. Say I want to test the UI for now (integration tests), every ...
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REST API + “Micrososervices” boundaries

I have a REST API. The fundamentals of the API takes care of two things. Authentication Routes Let's say I was about to do a small service (microservice whatever...) next to the API and have it ...
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How to host a web service with dependencies on many APIs/SDKs which expose methods in different languages

A project I'm working on currently depends on several SDKs and APIs that perform identical tasks, but for different external products. For example, in an Internet of Things world we have a common ...
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How do I design my application to use REST for itself?

I'm not sure how to ask this. I know this is simplistic, but I understand (I think): REST is an architecture, not required, simply a way to build REST is a style and a community standard for ...
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RESTful API design. What should I return if there are no rows?

I'm currently coding an API for a social network with the Slim Framework. My question is: What are the best practices when there are no rows to return in the json structure? Lets say that this call ...
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How does Twitter's “dogfooding” work? If they are using different URL's, how are they using their own API?

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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Are there any serialization schemes for OOP that include methods or operations in the contract in addition to data structure?

So typically we create schemas, mime-types, etc for our objects when we're communicating to another system about objects. The document usually defines data structure of the objects for serialization ...
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Architecture to handle service concurrency on resources exposed via REST API [closed]

REST API frameworks like Python Eve handle concurrency control via an entity tag. This ensures that several clients which loaded the same resource will not overwrite the changes of each other, because ...
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Why is aggregation function bad idea for RESTful? [closed]

As title: Why is aggregation function bad idea for RESTful? Although I know CRUD is good for RESTful. For example, the resource is 'employee', and client needs to retrive sum of total 'salary' of all ...
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Real time middleware system: Direct DB access vs REST API access

I'm developing a complex environment which involves a web application, a mobile app and a real time middleware system which accesses the DB for on-site tag readings. Currently, the web application ...
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RESTful composition/inclusion of other resources

I have a few HTTP resources, and i'm wondering if including the models of one in the other is acceptable or if there is a cleaner method. In this example, we have a ton of "news" resources, and users ...
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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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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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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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What is the point of link rel=“self” in a REST API?

I often see the following in HTML documents <link rel="self" href="http://example.com/something"> or like this in JSON link: { rel="self", href="http://example.com/something" } ...
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What are the standards for having nested resources in REST API

I am designing a REST API and figured I'll just look at how others are naming their resources and choosing the routes. I look at Twitter's API and see that they have nested resources. For example: ...
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ASP.NET how to handle external application settings

I'm converting an application from C# WebForms to MVC. The application gets settings from a centralized location using Web Services. These are settings you would typically find in a Web.Config, but ...
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How to design RESTful Web Api to represent Resources

I'm developing an ASP.NET Web Api 2 RESTful web api with .NET Framework 4.5.1 and C# and I'm trying to understand how to expose resources through a Web Api: Imagine that I'm a group owner and I am ...
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How to design RESTful URI to get all unread messages?

I'm developing an ASP.NET MVC Web Api 2 with .NET Framework 4.5.1 and C#. I have these entities in database: Users, which are members of groups. Groups. Messages. Users can sent messages to a ...
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Providing friendly URLs for a website vs. realities of database IDs

We have a database of resources, be they products, blog posts or something. We need to design a URL scheme to address them, for the public website. Here are two examples that are database ID bound: ...
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What is a good design pattern to implement REST services on mobile?

It is easy to implement calls to API endpoints, then to parse JSON and handle the data - but what is a good design pattern for this? Here are some ways I have tried but I feel like there should be a ...
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Public API Facade with Micro Services

Consider a micro service infrastructure in which each service is responsible for one set of activities, and exposes a RESTful interface to its functionality. For example, assume a chat application. ...
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Is this a good Visual Studio solution structure for a domain driven design RESTful web service?

I am building a .NET 4.5 C# Web API RESTful solution and I would like someone to tell me if my project solution is correct and/or wise(-enough?) for a solution designed using Domain Driven Design, ...
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Anonymous access to api REST, protection

I have a public website that does not require authentication. It's a lighting calculator for indoor cultivation. Anyone can enter and complete the process and ultimately save your settings for future ...
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What is the advantage of using Direct Web Remoting over a REST web services design? [closed]

I have an enterprise Java web application deployed in tomcat. I am looking for ways to integrate a HTML & JS UI with the mid tier java code. So far, looking around I have found that there are two ...
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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: ...
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How to avoid model duplication in JavaEE web applications with a JSON front end

Recently we developed a web app that uses the following tech stack: hibernate as orm spring extjs (MVC javascript front end) For 1 business object, let it be a Personnel, we have: 1) a Personnel ...
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What standard to use for RESTful JSON API [closed]

I am currently reading the book RESTful Web APIs by Leonard Richardson, Mike Amundsen and Sam Ruby, that describes the Collection+JSON pattern, and while searching around the web during my exploration ...
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Proper Response to HTTP Request When Too Much Data is Requested

I'm building an API for an ad serving platform that will allow you to request tracker data for ad campaigns. Campaigns often exceed hundreds of millions of requests, which means there will be many ...
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Is RESTFUL API as back-end service one of the best (or suitable) choice for Mobile App? [closed]

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 ...