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REST
Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2005 

Short for Representational State Transfer is an architectural style for large-scale software design. REST was first articulated by RoyFielding in his dissertation
as:

"REST emphasizes scalability of component interactions, generality of interfaces, independent deployment of components, and intermediary components to reduce interaction latency, enforce security, and encapsulate legacy systems. I describe the software engineering principles guiding REST and the interaction constraints chosen to retain those principles, contrasting them to the constraints of other architectural styles. Finally, I describe the lessons learned from applying REST to the design of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol and Uniform Resource Identifier standards, and from their subsequent deployment in Web client and server software." [Read the Dissertation]

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Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures (DISSERTATION)
This dissertation defines a framework for understanding software architecture via architectural styles and demonstrates how styles can be used to guide the architectural design of network-based application software.

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