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

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What is REST (in simple English) [closed]

Lately I have become interested in familiarizing myself with REST. I tried reading wiki entry on REST, but it was of no help. I would really appreciate it if someone can explain in simple English ...
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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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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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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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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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Difference between REST and CRUD

I learned REST and it feels a lot like CRUD (from what I have read about CRUD). I know they are different, and I wonder if thinking they are similar means I don't understand them. Is it that REST is ...
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Software architecture for authentication/access-control of REST web service

I am setting up a new RESTful web service and I need to provide a role-based access control model. I need to create an architecture that will allow users to provide their username and password to get ...
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Pros and Cons of RESTful architecture [closed]

The most common discussion I've seen regarding the pros and cons of REST tends to frame that discussion relative to SOAP. I have no experience in either. I am currently faced with a decision which my ...
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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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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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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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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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Should cookies be used in a RESTful API?

I'm specifically interested in how users perform authorized / authenticated operations on a web API. Are authentication cookies compatible with the REST philosophy, and why?
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Selecting a JAX-RS implementation for a new project

I'm starting a new Java project which will require a RESTful API. It will be a SaaS business application serving mobile clients. I have developed one project with Java EE 6, but I'm not very familiar ...
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How do I convince my boss to use REST over SOAP? [duplicate]

We need to create an API to our system. How do I convince my boss that REST is a better option than SOAP (or XML-RPC)? I say REST is... easier to implement and maintain not much new to learn -- ...
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Reasons NOT to use JSF [closed]

I am new to StackExchange, but I figured you would be able to help me. We're crating a new Java Enterprise application, replacing an legacy JSP solution. Due to many many changes, the UI and parts of ...
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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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REST - Tradeoffs between content negotiation via Accept header versus extensions

I'm working through designing a RESTful API. We know we want to return JSON and XML for any given resource. I had been thinking we would do something like this: GET /api/something?param1=value1 ...
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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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When to use nested resources in a RESTful API

I have two resources: users and links. Users can have several links associated with them. I have designed my RESTful API so that you can reach the links associated with a user at the following URI: ...
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REST vs RESTful vs “normal” web service - the same or not?

I've read a couple of definitions and discussion on REST and/or RESTful applications, but I still do not understand the real meaning of it. I usually work with the apps which either fetch data via ...
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Does decoupling trump DRY in REST?

I am building a REST API to expose most of functionality of an existing Java API. Both APIs are for internal use within my organization; I do not have to design for external use. I have influence ...
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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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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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Applying RESTful design to an entire website?

This all may come across very newbish, but I'm trying to wrap my head around designing a website that is thoroughly RESTful. I understand applying RESTful design to things like Users, Photos, Blog ...
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Convincing a Client to Offer a RESTful Web Service instead of a SOAP Service? [closed]

BACKGROUND: I develop custom WordPress plugins for my clients that they then distribute via the WordPress plugin repository. I'm increasingly running into clients who want my WordPress plugins to ...
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Designing authentication for REST API

I'm working up an API for a REST service that I'm going to both be producing and consuming. I've spent the past few days trying to figure out how to handle authentication nicely, and think I've ...
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Where to Perform Authentication in REST API Server?

I am working on a set of REST APIs that needs to be secured so that only authenticated calls will be performed. There will be multiple web apps to service these APIs. Is there a best-practice approach ...
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Is SOA suitable for developers or only for business/IT management people?

Let's suppose you're the lead of a team of developers that needs to build a big information system such as an ERP or Human Resources software, or whatever system that is composed by multiple business ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the need for 'discoverability' in a REST API when the clients are not advanced enough to make use of it anyway?

The various talks I have watched and tutorials I scanned on REST seem to stress something called 'discoverability'. To my limited understanding, the term seems to mean that a client should be able to ...
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why do people do REST API's instead of DBAL's?

At the past two companies I've been at REST API's exist for querying data via a web app. ie. instead of having the web app do SQL directly it calls a REST API and that does the SQL and returns the ...
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OAuth alternative for a 2 party system

I'm writing a RESTful service (Java EE, Jersey) and a client application that communicates with it, and I wish to secure it and store any usernames & passwords dedicated in my own database. I do ...
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How to be robust against webservice downtime caused by third parties

I'm using iPage as my cloud based server provider. I haven't had any problems with them yet. They hold the scripts for my RESTful services for the mobile app I'm developing. My problem however is ...
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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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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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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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How to handle business rules with a REST API?

I have a REST API to manage a booking system I'm searching how to manage this situation : A customer can book a time slot : A TimeSlot resource is created and linked to a Person resource. In order to ...
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Is there a standard for machine-readable descriptions of RESTful services?

I've interacted with a few RESTful APIs that provided excellent documentation for humans and descriptive URIs, but none of them seem to return machine-readable descriptions of themselves. It's not ...
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Wrapping REST based Web Service

I am designing a system that will be running online under Microsoft Windows Azure. One component is a REST based web service which will really be a wrapper (using proxy pattern) which calls the REST ...
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ID's in resource URLs: database id or per-user id?

For REST interfaces or webapps with nice-looking URLs, I constantly ask myself on what numbers to use if we want to refer to specific resources/pages. A typical approach seems to be to use the unique ...
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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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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 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 ...