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When it comes to classifying the programmable web, most of today’s terminology sorts services by their superficial appearances: the technologies they use. These classifications work in most cases, but they’re conceptually lacking and they lead to whale-fish mistakes. I’m going to present a taxonomy based on architecture, which shows how technology choices follow from underlying design principles. I’m exposing divisions I’ll come back to throughout the book, but my main purpose is to zoom in on the parts of the programmable web that can reasonably be associated with the term “REST.”


Cover of RESTful Web Services