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IT Explained: What is a REST API and How Does it Work?

What is a REST API and how does it work? REST APIs are becoming more and more popular as the internet of things (IoT) grows. But what is a REST API, exactly? And how do they work? In this blog post, we will discuss REST APIs in detail and provide examples of how they are used. Read on to find out more.

What is an API?

Let’s check first what an API is. If you’re familiar with APIs, scroll away and skip this part. API stands for Application Programming Interface. An API is a set of rules and protocols that allow software applications to communicate with each other. The API defines the way in which two applications can interact with each other. An API is an interface for two software programs to communicate with each other.

It’s a set of rules that allows two pieces of software to talk to each other. The purpose of an API is to save time, money, and resources by reusing code that has already been written. APIs come in many different forms. Some are designed to be human-readable, while others are designed to be machine-readable.

What are REST APIs?

REST APIs are built on the Representational State Transfer (REST) architectural style. REST is a popular way to build web services because it is easy to use and scalable. RESTful web services are stateless, meaning that each request is independent of the others. This makes REST APIs very easy to use and maintain. One of the most popular REST APIs is the Twitter REST API. The Twitter REST API allows developers to access Twitter data such as tweets, timelines, and user information.

REST information model
The diagram provides an overview of the different concepts in the REST architectural style and their relationships to each other. (Image: Kmcnamee / Wikimedia Commons)

The API is used by millions of developers to build applications that integrate with Twitter. The Facebook Graph API is another popular REST API. The Facebook Graph API allows developers to access data from Facebook. The API is used by millions of developers to build applications that integrate with Facebook. REST APIs are very popular because they are easy to use and scalable. If you are looking to build a web service, REST is a great option. In this blog post, we have discussed what REST APIs are and how they work. We have also provided examples of popular REST APIs.

History of REST

Representational state transfer (REST) is an architectural style for distributed systems. REST-compliant systems use HTTP protocols to request and transmit data between clients and servers. RESTful systems are designed to maximize the reuse of existing HTTP features, including caching, headers, compression, and authentication.

Roy Fielding after his keynote speech at Jazoon conference in Zurich
Roy Fielding after his keynote speech at Jazoon conference in Zurich, taken on June 26, 2007. (Image: Henry Story / Flickr)

REST was introduced in 2000 by Roy Fielding in his doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Irvine. Fielding is one of the principal authors of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (RFC 2616), which defines the REST architectural style. REST has become increasingly popular as a software architecture for web applications and web services.

  • In 2002, the Amazon SES API was released to allow developers to access Amazon data.
  • In 2006, the Flickr REST API was released. The Flickr REST API allows developers to access data from Flickr.
  • In 2009, the Facebook Graph API was released. The Facebook Graph API allows developers to access data from Facebook.
  • In 2010, the Twitter REST API was released. The Twitter REST API allows developers to access data from Twitter.

REST APIs have come a long way since they were first created in 1990. They are now used by millions of developers to build applications that integrate with the web. REST APIs are easy to use and scalable, making them a great choice for web services. If you are looking to build a web service, REST is a great option.

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Photo credit: The feature image is symbolic and has been done by Sam Moqadam. The data model has been designed by Kmcnamee. The photo showing Roy Fielding was taken by Henry Story.

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