REST, or Representational State Transfer, is a design pattern for mutating and querying the state of resources between client and server. Resources stored in a database are queried for and mutated by a client using HTTP requests to transport the “current state” of said resource across the wire. 10 years ago, this was a profound idea. REST’s predecessor SOAP, or Simple Object Access Protocol, was a complete and utter horror show to work with, requiring verbose multi-handshake requests to be sent back and forth to negotiate state changes that were difficult to implement and incredibly slow to parse. …

Andrew E. Rhyne

Founder & CEO @BoltSourceIO

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