Application programming interfaces (APIs) come in many shapes and sizes. REST API Web Services are one of countless software architectural styles. Sometimes identifying their differences can be difficult. With so many different APIs, it's essential to know what they are AND how to use them. To help get you started, our team at Documoto would like to clarify what they are, provide common use cases, and how you can benefit from using them.
Read on to learn more about REST API Web Services and how your team can benefit from using them.
Representational State Transfer (REST) is a software architectural style developers apply to web APIs. REST is a set of guidelines that software can use to communicate over the internet to make integrations simple and scalable. REST APIs are the backbone of most web, mobile, and device applications today. They are used to identify data, content, algorithms, media, and other digital resources through web URLs.
REST APIs come in handy because they help identify what type of resource is being used between components. They do this by translating four sets of data types. These are GET, PUT, POST and DELETE, otherwise known as reading, updating, creating, and deleting operations concerning resources.
Specific use cases include:
There are many advantages of relying on REST APIs. Some of them include scalability, flexibility, independence, and security. The details of how each of these is beneficial are below.
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