RESTful API

A RESTful application programming interface (API) is a method of allowing communication between a Web-based client and server that employs representational state transfer (REST) constraints.

A RESTful API is an application program interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data.

RESTful APIs are used by many sites, including Google, Amazon, Twitter and LinkedIn. There are currently three common RESTful API standards provided by several services: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Storage Networking Industry Association's CDMI and OpenStack Swift.

 

 

This was first published in June 2014

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