Wednesday, October 26, 2005


REST is a term coined by Roy Fielding in his Ph.D. dissertation to describe an architecture style of networked systems. REST is an acronym standing for Representational State Transfer.

I understand that this stuff may sound abstract, but it is useful (and practical).
This page gives a good summary of what REST is.
While this page gives you the actual dissertation by Roy Fielding, which he calls "Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures"

REST is fundametally useful... because it is a "lightweight" approach, as compared to heavier models such as SOAP. In fact, it is much simple to implement REST than SOAP.

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