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Box 2.1 REpresentational State Transfer (REST)

If you read much about Ruby on Rails web development, you’ll see a lot of references to “REST,” which is an acronym for REpresentational State Transfer. REST is an architectural style for developing distributed, networked systems and software applications such as the World Wide Web and web applications. Although REST theory is rather abstract, in the context of Rails applications REST means that most application components (such as users and microposts) are modeled as resources that can be created, read, updated, and deleted—operations that correspond both to the CRUD operations of relational databases and the four fundame...

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