View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
September 7, 2016updated 07 Feb 2017 9:35am

What is REST?

If you're thinking about starting some web development then you'll need to know what REST is and does.

By James Nunns

REST, which stands for Representational State Transfer, is a way of making sure that people can access things on your computer and to get what they asked for.

Representational State Transfer, commonly known as REST, is an architectural style used for web development.

REST replies upon a stateless, client-server, cacheable communications protocol, and an HTTP protocol is also commonly used.

Used for designing networked applications it aims to use HTTP in order to make calls between machines, which is often considered an easier thing to do than using mechanisms such as CORBA, RPC, or SOAP.

How does a REST API work?

Content from our partners
How to turn the evidence hackers leave behind against them
Why food manufacturers must pursue greater visibility and agility
How to define an empowered chief data officer

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.