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REST is an architectural style for distributed systems. However, many implementations forget about the distributed part of REST and simply map CRUD operations to HTTP verbs in a monolithic application. We're gonna go further and learn why hypermedia is the crucial part of REST architectures and how machines can browse resources just like humans using self-describing representations.
Monolithic applications are boring, so let's separate things and create a REST system as it is intended to be. Let's build a simple system using the Roar gem, Rails and Sinatra and discuss the benefits and drawbacks we get from distributed hypermedia systems.
by Rod Cope
In under two months, my team:
Cassandra is a highly scalable and fast database engine based on its column architecture. It's a powerful alternative to most RDMS systems. Adding it to Rails gives you a great way to get a scalable system with many rows that can grow to meet your needs.
31st August to 2nd September 2011