The motivation for REST was to capture the characteristics of the Web which made the Web successful.
  • URI Addressable resources
  • HTTP Protocol
  • Make a Request – Receive Response – Display Response
Rest uses several standards:
  • HTTP
  • URL
  • XML/HTML/GIF/JPEG/etc (Resource Representations)
  • text/xml, text/html, image/gif, image/jpeg, etc  (Resource Types, MIME Types)

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