Representational State Transfer (REST)

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  • BEST (Business / Enterprise State Transfer)

    BEST (Business / Enterprise State Transfer) is an architectural approach for exchanging content with a Web site or Web services and is similar to REST or SOAP. 

  • REST (representational state transfer)

    REST (REpresentational State Transfer) is a simple stateless architecture that generally runs over HTTP. REST involves reading a designated Web page that contains an XML  file. The XML file describes and includes the desired content.  

About Representational State Transfer (REST)

Representational state transfer (REST) is a process of getting content from a website by reading a designated page that contains an XML file that both describes and includes the desired content. REST is generally seen as being a simpler and quicker approach to publishing Web services, as opposed to Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). RSS feeds are an example of a RESTful service. Check out the latest REST news on basics, best practices and how-to resources for architects and developers working on SOA and Web services.