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ASP.NET Web API by Joydip Kanjilal

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Chapter 1. Understanding Representational State Transfer Services

Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architecture style that is used for creating scalable services. A RESTful Web Service is one that conforms to the REST architecture constraints. The REST architectural style has quickly become very popular over the world for designing and architecting applications that can communicate. Due to its simplicity, it has gained widespread acceptance worldwide in lieu of the SOAP- and WSDL-based Web Services. It is essentially a client-server architecture and uses the stateless HTTP protocol. In this book, we will cover REST using the HTTP protocol. Our journey towards mastering REST and Web API has just begun!

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