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

Re‌presentational s‌tate t‌ransfer, or REST, is an architectural style for networking software to transfer information through the web. REST is a simpler alternative to SOAP. The main principals of a RESTful architecture are:

  • Use HTTP methods explicitly.
  • Be stateless.
  • Expose URI's that simulate a directory structure.
  • Transfer XML, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), or both.

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