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35 items tagged “rest”


I finally get REST. Wow. “The essence of REST is to make the states of the protocol explicit and addressible by URIs.” # 27th April 2007, 4:17 pm

The RADAR Architecture: RESTful Application, Dumb-Ass Recipient (via) Dave Thomas points out that REST expects smart clients, but browsers are dumb (only really support POST and GET). His suggested fix is to build a pure REST service and then drop in a server-side application proxy that sits between the browser and the REST backend. # 2nd April 2007, 10:42 am

Highrise Forum: Using the undocumented API. Add .xml to the end of many URLs in Highrise to get an XML representation of that page. # 19th March 2007, 11:29 pm

The upshot is that HTTP does not have everything that REST indicates should be present, and there is the additional problem that while HTTP is the first, and best, implementation of REST, the two are not the same and yet are often confused.

Joe Gregorio # 17th February 2007, 5 pm

2005 REST on Rails. Matt Biddulph’s Rails mixin provides an instant REST interface to an ActiveRecord model. # 4th November 2005, 1:47 pm