REST is an acronym for Representational State Transfer — an almost meaningless description of the most-used web service technology! REST is a way for two computer systems to communicate over HTTP in a similar way to web browsers and servers.
Sharing data between two or more systems has always been a fundamental requirement of software development. For example, consider buying motor insurance. Your insurer must obtain information about you and your vehicle so they request data from car registration authorities, credit agencies, banks, and other systems. All this happens transparently in real-time to determine whether a policy can be offered.
This popular article was updated in 2020 to accurately explain modern REST APIs.
REST Example
Open the following link in your browser to request a random programming joke:
This is a public API implemented as RESTful web service (it follows REST conventions). Your browser…

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