About the Standard: REST (Representational State Transfer) an architectural style for distributed hypermedia systems like the Web. The term REST is now used in a loose sense to describe any simple Web-based interface that uses XML and HTTP without use of Web Service technologies such as SOAP .
Version: Not applicable.
Maturity: This is a relatively new approach.
Risk Assessment: The REST approach is used in a variety of Web applications such as Amazon, eBay, various Blogs, etc.
- Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures, Chapter 5, Roy Fielding, <http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm>
- REST Representational State Transfer, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REST>
Author: Brian Kelly, UKOLN (BrianKelly)
Date Created: 22 July 2005