What is REST API and how does it work?

REST API

REST or Representational state transfer API defines a set of functions which developers can perform requests and receive responses via HTTP protocol such as GET and POST. It providing interoperability between computer systems on the Internet. REST-compliant Web services allow requesting systems to access and manipulate textual representations of Web resources using a uniform and predefined set of stateless operations. Other forms of Web service exist, which expose their own arbitrary sets of operations such as WSDL and SOAP.



The REST used by browsers. REST technology is generally preferred to the more robust SOAP technology because REST leverages less bandwidth, making it more suitable for internet usage. An API for a website is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each another. With cloud use on the rise, APIs are emerging to expose web services. REST is a logical choice for building APIs that allow users to connect and interact with cloud services. This APIs are commonly used by popular sites like Amazon, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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