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RESTful Java Web Services by Jose Sandoval

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Chapter 1. RESTful Architectures

In this chapter, we cover the REST software architectural style, as described in Roy Fielding's PhD dissertation. We discuss the set of constraints, the main components, and the abstractions that make a software system RESTful. We also look in detail at how data transfers take place between clients and servers. Finally, we look at how RESTful web services are used in the context of large Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).

This chapter distills the theory of REST to its main core. No previous knowledge about the subject is necessary, but I assume you are familiar with web technologies and the basics of the HTTP protocol.

What is REST?

The term REST comes from Roy Fielding's PhD dissertation, published in 2000, ...

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