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

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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 to request multiple items

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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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 ...
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Should REST APIs be context independent or dependent?

Let's say I have several users and each one has a user_id and also friends To access their friends, they should be logged in, so a session will be established with the server. Should the REST API ...
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URI Representing a Single Resource with Two Possible Identifiers

I have a resource that can be represented in one of two ways: Big Serial Number, or Small Serial Number Is it closer adherence to REST principles to: A: have a query string specify the type ...
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Why was REST web srevice named REST?

What does the word Representational State Transfer (REST) mean actually ? Now I don seem to find any relation between its naming and its working, I have understood that it is a architectural style for ...
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C++ Web Development for REST API [closed]

I've been a C# developer for long time, focused on ASP MVC the most. Two years ago, basiclly due to the lower costs and ease of deployment/management I began to migrate my projects to linux using ...
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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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A RESTful way to verify server state [closed]

I'm interested in building verifications into a REST service to help with service monitoring. For example, one could run assertions like ...
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Should a REST interface include the query ID as part of the response?

I am currently working an Android app that receives most of the displayed data from a REST interface. First, I request the information for a company the request includes a list of store IDs. With ...
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How to handle exception in REST API

Given a REST API, which throws an exception when handling a request from a client. Whenever the REST API throws an exception, it's logged and the application (in this case a console application) ...
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How to provide a service with RESTful API?

Generally speaking, RESTful API's are very good for representing resources and collections of resources. http://example.com/resources http://example.com/resources/item17 And we are good, if we ...
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REST object with resources

I am designing a HTTP-based REST API. Let's say I have an entity called Entity that has a bunch of properties. Some of its properties are files. Let's say Entity has following properties: name: ...
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RESTful API resource path for resource with complex relationship?

In my RESTful API, I have Users, Applications, and Tokens. An application has an owner, which is a user. A token is linked to both an application, and a user. A user has both public and private ...
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What does HATEOAS offer for discoverability and decoupling besides ability to change your URL structure more or less freely?

Lately I've been reading about Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State (HATEOAS), the constraint that is claimed to make a web API "truly RESTful". It boils down to basically including links ...
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How should one handle accessing a 'local' API?

I'm currently writing a project that is using a few separate virtual machines for the database, API and front-end website (currently 1 of each). I'm writing my code in PHP, and all of these virtual ...
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Strategy for Website Talking to API on Same Server

I have a RESTful API that allows retrieval of data through requests such as GET http://example.com/users/id/1 (Coded following this tutorial). The code igniter controller looks like this: class ...
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Schemaless NoSQL RESTful design?

In a recent project; I used MongoDB with MongoEngine (an ORM/ODM for Python). This allowed me to specify schema in a central "Model". My new project I am hosting on Windows Azure; and there is no ...
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Should an API be aware of client versions?

Should an API be aware of a client version? The idea of that really goes against the grain for me, but it seems like it is being pushed for in my current project. Am I wrong? Can I get some reasons ...
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How do searches fit into a RESTful interface?

When designing a RESTful interface, the semantics of the request types are deemed vital to the design. GET - List collection or retrieve element PUT - Replace collection or element POST - Create ...
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How to indicate to a web server the language of a resource

I'm writing an HTTP API to a publishing server, and I want resources with representations in multiple languages. A user whose client GETs a resource which has Korean, Japanese and Trad. Chinese ...
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how should I change the representation (not mimetype) of a resource?

I'm looking at how I can change the representation of a payload at runtime for varied potential advantages, but I'm not sure how to do it. Specifically collections. Array of Pairs [{ ...
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How to translate SQL query into REST API requests?

Let's say I have a machine-readable description (such as in WADL, Swagger or RAML) of a REST API that provides interface to a database. My users submit queries about underlying database in form of ...
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What is the best pattern for adding an existing item to a collection in REST API?

I'm designing a pragmatic REST API and I'm a little stuck on how best to add existing entities to a collection. My domain model includes a Project that has a collection of Sites. This is a strict ...
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How to support different API Versions

I am writing a Rest API and am wondering how best to handle supporting the different versions. By this I don't mean how to define a URI as V2 or V3, but rather how to structure the code given that ...
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Decoupling Server and Client using REST API

I was thinking about how I can decouple a web-application completely into a server-side and a client-side component. I want to decouple the app to the extent that I can host both components on ...
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How to have my callbacks authenticated in a REST app?

I'm developing a REST application and I allow my clients to authenticate in several ways (typically using Authorization: Token ... as in OAuth 2.0, but also there's session-based auth option for the ...
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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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How to design routes for generalized/specialized resources

I hope I can explain what is troubling me. Example: I have an object basket with a list of fruit objects. So normally I would build my routes like this baskets/{basketId}/fruits/{fruitId). But fruit ...
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Does a batch of operations violate REST principles?

Does it violate REST principles for a REST API to support a batch of operations (perhaps with transactional guarantees) that can be added to a queue via a POST? This design seems outside the scope of ...
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REST and RPC in multi-tier API

My team is developing a multi-tier API with scalability and modularity in mind. The public access point of the API is fully REST. However, we are splitting the data access layer as another tier in our ...
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Three approaches for obtaining different sized versions of an image from the server

My android app needs different sized versions of images for different purpose and bandwidth preservation. Approach one: when the user uploads their avatar or another image, my php script creates 4 ...
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Creating REST-ful web-services without adhering to the REST principles

I have built an application which acts as an interface between an EAI layer and third party vendor applications. I am using REST-ful web services for this, making use of JAX-RS API and Jersey ...
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Do RESTful APIs tend to encourage anemic domain models?

I'm working on a project in which we are trying to apply both domain-driven design and REST to a service-oriented architecture. We aren't worrying about 100% REST compliance; it would probably be ...
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How can I solve this potential security exploit (concerning the saving of REST resources)?

I have a File database table with the following columns: Id (PK), Filename And a Document database table with the following columns: Id (PK), Name, Description, FileId (FK) When a user wants to ...