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Friday, May 18, 2007

What is REST? A 1-line answer.

I love Jeff Boulter's flippant, but wonderfully concise, description of REST:
"It’s a URL that returns XML. That’s it."

I suppose that a corollary for RPC would be:
You send XML and receive XML. That’s it.


  • Considering the RESTful JSON stuff that's out there, and all the image files and such that's out there, I'd say, "URLs that return stuff."

    (Or URIs.)

    By Blogger Eric, at 5/19/2007 5:50 a.m.  

  • Eric - ah yes - I much prefer JSON actually.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/19/2007 9:21 a.m.  

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