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We say: if the Web is good enough for humans, it’s good enough for robots. Computer programs are good at building and parsing complex data structures, but they’re not as flexible as humans when it comes to interpreting documents.
There are a number of protocols and standards, mostly built on top of HTTP, designed for building Web Services (note the capitalization).
Our topic is the set of principles underlying the Web: Representational State Transfer, or REST.
For the first time, we set down best practices for “RESTful” web services.