Demystifying RESTful Data Coupling

Steve Vinoski

Steve Vinoski, Demystifying RESTful Data Coupling, IEEE Internet Computing, 12(2):87-90, March 2008.

Compared to approaches such as Web services and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), which promote specialization for each service interface, the uniform-interface constraint reduces client-server coupling and helps minimize gratuitous differences in interface and method semantics across disparate resources. REST isn't a silver bullet, but its flexibility and relative simplicity make it highly applicable not only to Web-scale systems but also to a wide variety of enterprise integration problems. The representational state transfer (REST) architectural style, on the other hand, makes very specific and highly useful trade-offs meticulously chosen to enhance the scalability, extensibility, manageability, and maintainability of distributed systems and applications.


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