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Representational state transfer, or REST, is an architectural style for networking software to transfer information through the web.

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How to organize methods that check username/email availability in a REST API?

I am developing a RESTful API in my project, but I do not have experience on that. To fill these gaps I've been watching some videos, mainly from Apigee, which are great. One situation brings a lot of ...
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How should I specify locations where clients can resolve authorization problems in a REST API?

I'm working through an API design where a user's authentication will be verified by the presence of a valid forms authentication ticket in a session cookie. However, there are additional levels of ...
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Is it an implementation of a stateful mechanism for Rest API authentication?

In many articles about Rest API's best practices, it is recommended to not depend upon sessions on server side since it leads to a stateful mechanism. I currently use Play 2.2 framework, with a ...
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Shoud I directly return a string message or rather a i18n key when dealing with JSON api?

Suppose a rest api returning this json: { "status" : "fail", "data" : { "title" : "A title is required" } } Since the client application would always adapt the error message, would it be ...
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What is the limit on REST API resource levels

When designing a REST API, how deep should the resources levels go? For example; If I have the following database tables: Companies: ID, Name Employees: ID, Name, CompanyID Tasks: ID, Name, ...
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How to configure these REST API Resources [closed]

I'm still in the design phase of my REST API, and I'm a bit stuck on how to configure the resources. The API will be consumed by mobile devices (Android, iOS, and Windows). Communication through HTTPS....
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Authenticate native mobile app using a REST API

I'm starting a new project soon, which is targeting mobile application for all major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows). It will be a client-server architecture. The app is both informational ...
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How is reactive logic programming different from functional programming?

As Reactive Programming model is perfectly suited to address the change propagation required for transaction processing, that is, when the server receives change (Insert, Update, or Delete) requests. ...
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Initiating processing in a RESTful manner

Let's say you have a resource that you can do normal PUT/POST/GET operations on. It represents a BLOB of data and the methods retrieve representations of the data, be they metadata about the BLOB or ...
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Restful WebAPI VS Regular Controllers

I'm doing some R&D on what seems like a very confusing topic, I've also read quite a few of the other SO questions, but I feel my question might be unique enough to warrant me asking. We've never ...
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Session in RESTful web services, how it works?

In a web services, how does the server know which request belongs to which session? I know that for a web application, the web server inspects the cookie (or the sessonId query parameter in case ...
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Is ROA a specific form of doing SOA?

I have read somewhere that ROA (Resource Oriented Architecture) is SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) with specific constraints added. SOA is the abstract concept of combining discrete pieces of ...
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The balance between client and server functionality

I want to bring the discussion that started in our teams and get your opinion about it. Assume we have an user account which could have different credentials for authentication and associated email ...
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Role based access to resources for a RESTful service

I'm still wrapping my head around REST, but I wonder if someone can help with any suggestions or approaches to role based access control for a RESTful service, particularly from the point of view of ...
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REST partial bad request

I'm implementing a REST method that allows you to post a list of items. If all data is correct I obviously return a 201 and if all data is incorrect a 400. What would be an appropriate response code ...
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Applying DDD principles in a RESTish web service

I am developing an RESTish web service. I think I got the idea of the difference between aggregation and composition. Aggregation does not enforce lifecycle/scope on the objects it references. ...
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Comparing TCP/IP applications vs HTTP applications [closed]

I'm interested in developing a large-scale user-facing website that is written in Java. As for design, I'm thinking of developing independent, modular services that can act as data providers to my ...
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What are the best practices and pitfalls of doing a JS app powered purely by RESTful API? [closed]

We are starting to build a new app and I would like to explore the idea of doing a thick JS client (backbone / angular) with only RESTful API exposed by our application layer. What are some of the ...
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Guidance for Web XML Api's

I have to create an API for our application that is accessible over HTTP. I envision the API's responses to be simple XML documents. It won't be a REST API (not in the strict sense of REST). I am ...
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When does SOAP make more sense than REST? [duplicate]

From my understanding of REST, the implicit assumption is that all operations are CRUD operations. Sometimes, you are not doing CRUD operations and are doing some more complex logic. In this case, is ...
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Can REST, Ajax and jQuery work well together?

I'm trying to use REST (usign spring MVC) as my Ajax backend but got some problems when using it with jQuery. REST best pratices recommend using HTTP status code, e.g. 200, 403, 401, etc, and I have ...
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Specifying the format in which I want to get a response through POST

It's a good practice to let a client specify the format in Web REST API: GET /api/items/123.csv However, not only GET can return some answer, but POST also can do Status: 201 Created { mgs: "...
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Is POST for an element generally not exposed or invalid in REST APIs?

I was browsing around wikipedia on REST, reading specifically the section on REST APIs Reading the different ways to treat elements from collections I read that POST is not generally used. How does ...
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Design Issue: Service layer/ trying to maintain RESTful architecture

I'm trying to design a web-application - and after doing a lot of reading on REST + design patterns, I'm at a loss on how to handle my requirements. I think I may be getting caught-up in all the ...
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REST Relationships Besides Parent/Child

This would seem to be a pretty basic question, but I can't seem to find appropraite guidelines for it. What is the "restful" way of POSTing a relationship between two entities that are not necessarily ...
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Should a RESTful API provide data for an entire form?

Let's say I have a JavaScript web application which entirely uses a RESTful API for data. Let's say this application has a data form, and let's say I'm editing a record at /product/12345. When ...
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Which is simpler for REST client call to return JSON - JQuery/JavaScript or Spring RestTemplate? [closed]

I've been trying to hack up an annotated Spring MVC web app but it's proving pretty hard to call a URL of my web app which fires a request to a remote API (UK Police data) and recieves a reply which I ...
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How to Track File Uploads and Return Upload Status with REST?

The users for our software will want to upload potentially large amounts of files in bulk to our servers. It is then desired that we display the upload status any time the user views the upload screen....
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How should a REST API handle PUT requests to partially-modifiable resources?

Suppose a REST API, in response to a HTTP GET request, returns some additional data in a sub-object owner: { id: 'xyz', ... some other data ... owner: { name: 'Jo Bloggs', role: '...
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Creating an entity relationship in REST: May I create the parent by posting to a child id?

We are currently designing a REST API to access classical customer data. One of the elements in the API are the assets of an user. The assets are added under a given service. The backend API will ...
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Architecture for REST consumer [closed]

Are there any good samples of web applications that consume restful web services? I am developing a webapp with spring, and have come to the point of reading lists of elements and element details ...
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How should I architect a RESTful webservice to use 3rd party (i.e. Google, Facebook, Twitter) for authentication?

For my job we have a nice RESTful webservice we've built out that we use to drive a couple websites we have. Basically the webservice lets you create and work with support tickets, and the website is ...
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Modelling REST endpoints with data that not all users have access to

I am trying to figure out the best way around a small problem i have with a design for a Hypermedia API i am currently building. I have a notion of a site, very simple doesn't have much going on and ...
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Modelling a resource that may not be part of the parent resource

I am designing an API and am having a couple of problems with certain parts of the resource modelling. I have the notion of a SurveyItem which as a collective form a Survey: Survey Resource Endpoint:...
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Is OAuth (2.0) is the right choice to make WCF WebService secure?

I have WCF webservice which serves to various mobile application. This was implemented with typical HTTPS/SSL. But there are some cases like Replay Attack needs to be considered in the security aspect....
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necessary to migrate to Web API from MVC controller

Since the released of Web API, I've been wondering whether it's necessary or helpful to migrate/change MVC controllers to use Web API calls. Since it's hard to describe code I'll show an example of ...
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Can a webservice that uses JSON over POST be classified as RESTful?

Recently I have started using a new(to me) paradigm for web services. I use the controller to accept JSON strings sent over POST, process it and return JSON strings. GET, PUT, DELETE and other methods ...
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Sub-Resource data should be embedded in Resource entity or duplicated in NoSQL document?

I have a scenario similar to as depicted below, public class Post { private int id; private int postType; private int score; private User originalPoster; private String title; ...
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What is the proper way of nesting resources in REST model?

I'm designing a REST API of service and got stuck on proper way to nest resources. Resources: partners, tickets, settings Connections between resources: partner has many tickets, partner has set of ...
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Provide both RESTful interfaces and Java ones?

I am writing a RESTful service in Java, of course it's typical HTTP based interface. I am wondering should the service provide Java interface which has same semantic to the RESTful interface? I think ...
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Combining Single Page Application and DDD with a REST API

I'm creating a web application which on the client side consists of a Single Page Application (with Durandal) and on the server side an ASP.NET MVC site with a Domain Driven Design. The two are ...
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Levels of user permissions in a RESTful API

Let's say I have a company that ranks the cutest cats on the internet. I offer a resource at /cats/ which provides users with the latest, cutest adorable cats. Users can either get just the top 3 ...
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Are there strategies for discovering REST services using HATEOAS?

When building a REST service with the HATEOAS constraint, it's very easy to advertise the existence of resources through linking. You make a GET to the root of my site and I respond with the root ...
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Working with data and meta data that are separated on different servers

While developing a product, I've come across a situation where my group wants to store meta data for data entry forms (questions, layout, etc) in a different database then the database where the ...
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RESTful applications logic and cross resource operations

I have an RESTful api that allows my users to receive enquiries about their business e.g. 'I would like to book service x on date y. Is this available?'. The api saves this information as a resource ...
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how to integration dynamic web fields and forms

I'm trying to find a way to design backend that will be handling customized web forms creation on the fly. Once created those forms will be injected to part of the existing web pages. I've created ...
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Software Architecture Modelling

I am a little confused at how best to visually model a space-based architecture (SBA) for presenting the system/software architecture design to a client. The goal of this modelling is to show: The ...
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SharePoint + InfoPath Joins

I am trying to do something somewhat unique, and the best path I can find at the moment is to use List joins, but I'm not sure this is possible. I'm hoping someone can suggest a best course of action....
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What does it mean for an architectural style to be document-centric?

I heard it said that REST is "document-centric". Unclear what this meant, I began poking around and found the term document-oriented being used of databases, particularly NoSQL databases, and in ...
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How can I send data without POSTFIELDS in PHP curl?

I'm using a REST API through PHP and I'm a bit confused on the CURL_POSTFIELDS behavior, which implies that I must send a querystring or array, but what I'm seeking to do is just to send a string of ...