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Hands-On RESTful API Design Patterns and Best Practices

By : Anupama Murali, Harihara Subramanian J, Pethuru Raj
Book Image

Hands-On RESTful API Design Patterns and Best Practices

By: Anupama Murali, Harihara Subramanian J, Pethuru Raj

Overview of this book

This book deals with the Representational State Transfer (REST) paradigm, which is an architectural style that allows networked devices to communicate with each other over the internet. With the help of this book, you’ll explore the concepts of service-oriented architecture (SOA), event-driven architecture (EDA), and resource-oriented architecture (ROA). This book covers why there is an insistence for high-quality APIs toward enterprise integration. It also covers how to optimize and explore endpoints for microservices with API gateways and touches upon integrated platforms and Hubs for RESTful APIs. You’ll also understand how application delivery and deployments can be simplified and streamlined in the REST world. The book will help you dig deeper into the distinct contributions of RESTful services for IoT analytics and applications. Besides detailing the API design and development aspects, this book will assist you in designing and developing production-ready, testable, sustainable, and enterprise-grade APIs. By the end of the book, you’ll be empowered with all that you need to create highly flexible APIs for next-generation RESTful services and applications.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Introduction to the Basics of RESTful Architecture

A web service is a software service or a software functionality provided by one set of computing devices to another set of computing devices. These devices communicate using established or standardized communication protocols through the World Wide Web (WWW).

This chapter intends to refresh your understanding of a few fundamental concepts of the web and its architecture, and the way it is evolving, hoping to lay a firm foundation for RESTful service designs and applications. The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • A brief history of the WWW and its evolution
  • WWW layers and architecture
  • Web API development models and REST-based service communication
  • A brief introduction to service-oriented architecture
  • Resource-oriented architecture principles and characteristics
  • Introduction to REST
  • REST constraints
  • RESTful qualifiers
  • REST architecture goals