In typical REST/API application, build on MVC architectural pattern, what is the best available technique for acquiring data for rendering views?
Should it be:
as in any non-API application: data is acquired directly from DB (through models), as in classical MVC, and controllers are rendering views basing on standard model data, and forms sends data through typical POST,
since this is an API application, even its very own website should be a client, that acquires data through API requests only and controllers are rendering views basing on JSON-like data, and forms must encode data to a typical JSON and push it API-way, just like an average JSON PUT request,
This question may sound silly or even naive. Unfortunately, I'm a very beginner to API/REST topic. Sorry.