Friday 16th March, 2012
11:30am to 12:30pm
When it comes down to actually understanding REST, it can be tough. There are quite a few versions of what REST "is" out there; some confusing, some contradictory, some helpful.
This talk sets out to explain the ideas behind Fielding's Representational State Transfer (REST) model; it's benefits and challenges. The presentation shows no code, no web pages, no HTTP headers or URIs. Instead, the primary motivations of defining network architectures like REST are explored as well as the details of the REST style in particular. What are the unique architectural challenges of the Web? What key properties and features of a "purpose-designed" network model can overcome these challenges? How does one identify, implement, and verify these key properties? How does Fielding's REST address these questions? How can one use the same approach to create new networking models that go beyond Fielding's REST?
Using references to visual art, product design, and physical architecture, this talk is ideal as a high-level introduction to REST and distributed network programming in general, accessible to all levels of developer, architect, and web programmer, etc.
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