REST By Any Other Name...

April 16, 2014

I've done quite a few interfaces which I've referred to as "RESTful", because I've done what most people call "REST" - using HTTP as the transport, modeling everything as resources, and using the HTTP verbs (GET, POST, PUT, etc) to access the resources. I mostly wanted to do REST because the alternative, SOAP, was so onerous - it required translating a WSDL document to proxies, serializing and deserializing error objects, and, worst of all, was a nightmare to version. I had read about HATEOAS, and had kind of thought, "Wow, that sounds...strange", but nobody seemed to think much about

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