20 Sep '13, 2am

REST isn't what you think it is, and that's OK | Intridea Blog – via @intridea

Just because we don’t use true REST doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things we can learn from it. There are a few aspects that I’d love to see come into favor in the common definition. The idea of clients needing to know a few media types instead of specific protocols for each service is one that breaks down in practice for APIs due to the overwhelming number of web services with different needs in terms of domain-specific resource definition. However, wouldn’t it be great if there were an accepted application/x-person+json format that provided a standardized batch of user information (such as name, e-mail address, location, profile image URL ) that you could request from Facebook, Twitter, Google or any OpenID provider and expect conforming data? Just because there are lots of domain-specific resources doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile to try to come up with some stand...

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