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Getting Started with IBM WebSphere sMash by Brett King, Karl Bishop, Ron Lynn

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Chapter 7. REST Programming

REST as a technology certainly has caused a stir in the web development space. There is a lot of detractors that dismiss REST for not being as robust as a classic SOAP-based SOA solution. And basically, they are right, but that’s the point. REST is based on the HTTP protocol, which is well understood and easy to adopt without changing your existing web infrastructure. This simplicity allows for an easy-to-implement solution, while allowing for the existing web standards for authentication and security to maintain a trusted operating environment.

Before we delve into REST programming with WebSphere sMash, let’s do a quick debriefing on HTTP and REST. Having a base understanding of these principals will greatly enhance ...

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