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Monday, June 2, 2008

What is REST

REST is a new way to implement Web Services. The acronym REST stands for 'Representational State Transfer', this basically means that each unique URL is a representation of some object. You can get the contents of that object using an HTTP GET.

All of Yahoo's web services use REST.
Advantage of REST:

Lightweight - not a lot of extra xml markup
Human Readable Results
Easy to build - no toolkits required
REST is a concept in web services where all services are consumed as resources.

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