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Best practice for buffering when posting to a web-service that has gone offline

If I am collecting data that needs to be posted to a web service on a regular (~5 minutes) basis, and that service has temporarily gone offline, what is the best practice to ensure we don't lose any ...
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Is it bad to use POST only on an API?

I'm about to develop a new API for our website. Part of the design I've considered to use the POST and GET methods but after reading some security stuff I realise that GET is a bit less secure(i.e. ...
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Service Oriented Architecture - Component Responsibility

Working on an ecommerce project whereby a PHP application (back-end & non-customer facing) is currently responsible for processing an order from checkout stage through to generating profit/loss ...
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Moving back end from Parse.com to Amazon Web Services [closed]

I'm looking for insight from someone who has used at least AWS (if not also Parse.com). My iOS app currently uses Parse.com for these purposes: 1) to store user data (by translating between JSON and ...
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How can I keep Web services requests in a DAO layer without tying the code to the DOM?

I'm working on a single page application on the node-webkit desktop app platform, which means 99.9% of all of the logic is written in JavaScript. Since this is a reboot of a project we're working on, ...
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Should web service response use a base class or generic class?

In my RESTful WCF web service I have something like the following response object. public class WebResponse<T> { public bool Success { get; set; } public T Data { get; set; } ...
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How to sell my work? [closed]

I'm a freelancer, a company I'm working with (which has a government as customer) asked me to write an app (web-based and/or system) to allow them archiving documents, and making them downloadable by ...
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Storing images in file system and returning URLs or virtually resizing and returning byte arrays?

I need to create a REST web service to manage user submitted images and displaying them all in a website. There are multiple websites that are going to use this service to manage and display images. ...
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Securing service calls

I have a ServiceCallContext object that must be passed in as the first parameter of any service call. I would like to put a User object on the context object but I know I can't force the caller to ...
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Best approach for propagating errors in service access layer of a multiplatform mobile app

We've started working on a mobile app using Xamarin. There's a core library that is to be shared among Android and iOS apps. In the core library there will be several functions for communicating with ...
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VPS vs Web Hosting: Which one is good for java web services [closed]

I have some questions about VPS and web hosting. As far as I understand, VPS is a virtual machine on which we can do anything as we can do with our local machine. Install software, change settings ...
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Designing models for a generic service layer

We are building a web interface to a tiered membership system, which will interface with a third-party CRM web service for the creation and management of accounts. The web service, unfortunately, is ...
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XMPP— openfire, PHP and python web service

I am planning to integrate real time notifications into a web application that I am currently working on. I have decided to go with XMPP for this and selected openfire server which I thought to be ...
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If I implement a web-service, how do I respond to POST requests with JSON?

I have to make a rather complex system for my diploma work. Logically it will consist of the following components: Database Web-service Management with web interface Client iOS application that will ...
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Drop in service for account management, authentication, identity?

I'm building an Android app and associated set of web services for uploading/downloading data. I need a basic (no frills) solution for account management (register, login, logout, verify ...
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Should I use my own public API for my web interface?

I am designing an API with django and its rest framework (and I am already not sure if it worth the hassle to version it or not). I totally know the iOS and Android apps will call the API, get a ...
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Microservices REST or AMQP, which case

I've read many articles concerning microservices architecture and I was wondering when to use AMQP or REST. I've read that losing couple between services is a good thing and AMQP seems to be a good ...
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Should I omit database and server communication (after initial response)?

I have a project that I'm working on where a user uploads a big file which gets parsed by the backend, and then returns the data back in a friendlier format. Now I'm wondering whether I actually need ...
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Integration between services in a SOA

Assume we have a Bounded Context for Inventory (InventoryBC) and another one for Shipments (ShipmentsBC). These 2 BCs need to communicate together. They are hosted on 2 different services on different ...
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Data Access Layer with Asynchronous services like MQ

I am tasked with creating a development, design and architecture guide for a large multi-year project. I have to dictate best design practices for a number of architectural perspectives. See the ...
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How to efficiently implement this background processing chain?

I am working on an audio software that uses The EchoNest web service to identify and retrieve metadata about audio songs and I would like to have some advice on implementing a background processing ...
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Service Design approach - one generic operation, and its implications

The hot topic in our organization is Service Design Approach. First Approach - The team wants to design services which essentially have one operation, can take any XML and return response XML ...
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Some hint to program a webservice “by subscription”

I have some web sites programmed, I know to do it with python and PHP basically. Normally they are simple web sites, but now I want to provide REST web services but only for allowed users (allowed by ...
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Best way to test a reimplemented web service

In my team, we are about to start the reimplement of a service. One of the important steps to do to accomplish this is how do we ensure that we are doing it in the right way and we are 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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N-Tiered Web App Using JQuery/ASP.NET Web Services

For fairly small, non-complex web applications, we have utilized jQuery to make asynchronous calls to an ASP.NET web service for interaction with our Sqlite data store. This has proven to be a pretty ...
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How do I Balance Multiple Service Contracts with Duplicate Structures

My current task requires me to use a set of web service calls to a 3rd party vendor in order to retrieve and update information. The objects used in these calls - namely the response from a get and ...
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Is there a language for defining restful web services? [closed]

I'm implementing a restful service automation tool for client applications. Basically, the tool takes a config file that defines restful resources, and creates some DTOs and resource classes for ...
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How to bypass Oauth2 authentication when the client and resource owner is the same entity?

We are currently working on using an API provided by Mercado Libre which is a maket place for selling various goods. Their APIs use OAuth 2.0 for authentication. The problem is that OAuth 2.0 as ...
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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 ...
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Should we create classes just to group properties

I am designing a bit of software that will integrate with our enterprise system using web services. We are dealing with work orders that are needed to maintain equipment. We have a bit of a ...
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Is it typical for a provider of a web services to also provide client libraries?

My company is building a corporate Java web-app and we are leaning towards using GWT-RPC as the client-server protocol for performance reasons. However, in the future, we will need to provide an API ...
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Sending username and password in every request from iPhone app

I'm writing a mobile app & web service combo that requires user to login. The web service will be using SSL, so are there any reasons against sending the user name and password in every web ...
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Do application-level caches belong inside web servers?

A coworker and I have a disagreement about where the cache for a webserver should go. We currently have it implemented as a global (static) in-process cache, which I don't agree with. I think the ...
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Suggestions for connecting .NET WPF GUI with Java SE Server

BACKGROUND We are building a Java (SE) trading application which will be monitoring market data and sending trade messages based on the market data, and also on user defined configuration parameters. ...
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Scaling a Restful Web Service Hosted in Server

We have deployed a restful web service on a application server (Apache). The volume is getting higher and we do want to scale it. We will deploy two more Apache instances on two more machines. How do ...
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What is a web API? (Application Programming Interface)

What is a web Application Programming Interface? Many common sites provide APIs. Why are they needed, and what function do they provide? How does one access a web API?
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web server response code 500

I realize that this may spur a religious discussion, but I discussed this with friends and get great, but conflicting answers and the actual documentation is of little help. What does the 500 series ...
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Security for data produced by ASP.NET web serivce

I'm developing an ASP.NET 2.0 web service that serves XML data from a database. Almost all data traffic is one-way, from server to client, and there is no user-specific data. All clients will ...
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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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How to decide the token expiry time in REST web service

I am working on creating a REST ws exposing few API's. A token is required for each API call. I am confused about the expiry time to be set for the token. Security+Performance wise what is the ideal ...
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How can I pull data from PeopleSoft on demand?

I work in IT at a university and I'm working with about 5 different departments to develop a new process for students to apply to a specific school within the university (not the university as a ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “SaaS”?

Recently I heard someone say they built a "SaaS" application. At first I thought "this guy knows something new", and I figured SaaS was some hyped enterprise framework or design pattern, but after ...
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infrastructure software/technologies for developing web service [closed]

[Edit: Thanks S.Lott for the hints] I'm developing a web service from scratch. The service could have potential of 10,000 requests a day. Actually, to be honest, requirements aren't that clear at this ...
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Keeping client side model and server side in sync in SPAs

Since SPAs have most of their domain logic client side, how do you keep your domain model in sync with the back end? For example, let's say I have a .NET WebAPI web service that uses the Entity ...
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What endpoints should I provide, if any, to permit connectivity testing for my web services?

What endpoints should I provide, if any, to permit connectivity / availability testing for my web services / Web API? TL;DR I am developing both the server and client in an enterprise environment. ...
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Transitioning to asynchronous programming model

our team is mantaining and developing a .NET web service written in C#. We have stress tested the web service's farm and we have evidence that the actual architecture doesn't scale well, as the number ...
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Service Registry - is it needed?

Suppose you develop a system that has multiple services (implemented by different teams, in different countries, using different technologies including java, php, c#, c++ and more). Let's assume that ...
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Dealing with large amounts of web service requests and storing that data

I have a desktop application that sends a POST request to my website every 5 minutes. This post request can contain a variable amount of data about the PC sending the request, but typically it ...
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Server requests optimisation - size vs frequency

my map-like app loads data from google map API but it also loads some extra data - in the form of XML - from my server. When the app loads it really needs only small amount of data to cover the ...