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Brian Sletten: Hypermedia - Doing REST "Right" 1/2

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Published on Dec 26, 2014

San Diego Java User's Group, December 16th 2014

Brian Sletten: Hypermedia - Doing REST "Right"
http://www.sdjug.org


Abstract: You understand the Web. Why do you do REST so wrong?

Doing REST “right” isn't a matter of conformance or purity. It isn't about pleasing hard-to-please Restafarian personalities. It's about understanding that WYBIWYG (What you Build is What You Get). Decisions have consequences. You are free to design and implement whatever you like, but you need to understand the consequences of your choices.

REST, as defined by Roy Fielding's thesis, is a collection of architectural constraints designed to yield certain properties in deployed systems. When you take shortcuts, you simply will not receive all the benefits of loose-coupling, evolvable, flexible, scalable systems. URLs are not enough. HTTP is not enough. To fully embrace the world of REST, you must understand Hypermedia. The good news is that you already do, you've apparently just forgotten.

Here's the thing though. REST is not an endpoint, it is just a beginning. Come to this talk to hear how the story starts. We will take a deep dive into why the Web works, the implications for building Hypermedia-driven REST APIs and start to look at what this means in practice.


Speaker Bio: Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.


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SDJUG Page for this presentation: http://www.sdjug.org/2014-12-16

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