Designing RESTful Web Applications

REST (or Representational State Transfer) has become a buzzword to describe almost any application that uses XML over HTTP as a Web Service, but REST is more than XML over HTTP, and it’s more than another Web Service mechanism like SOAP and XML-RPC; REST is an architectural pattern that can be applied to Web applications.

While REST is generally applied to Web Services, the principles that embody REST can be applied to all Web applications, providing better information design, cleaner URLs, and a more “semantic web” approach.

This talk will explain the principles and theory behind REST–starting with its basic foundation, HTTP—offer a detailed approach to design a RESTful application, and examine several so-called RESTful Web Services and explain why they may or may not follow REST principles.