What is Representational State Transfer (REST)?

REST (Representational State Transfer) fundamentally is an architecture style that functions over HTTP protocol. Representational State Transfer provides mainly the connection between client and server. This architectural style is presented by Roy Fielding in his thesis in 2000. Usually REST functions by transferring data (XML, JSON) between client and server. The most important quality of REST architecture is providing interoperability between computer systems on the internet. This architecture is formed by its constraints. We can state these constraints basically at 6 points:

  • Client-Server
  • Stateless
  • Cacheable
  • Layered System
  • Code on Demand
  • Uniform Interface

One of the terms that we hear often when we talk about REST architecture is RESTful services. We name web service APIs (Application Programming Interface) that adhere to the REST architectural constraints as RESTful APIs. If you want to know more about API and to understand the differences between EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), read our blog “Knowing the Differences Between EDI and API“.

What Are the Benefits of REST?

There are many benefits to using REST. Some of these are listed below:

  • REST uses HTTP, the best-known and most understandable protocol. Therefore, it is very efficient.
  • Web services belonging to REST are quite flexible. In this way, they can be used to represent any source.
  • It is easy to scale because RESTful web services can be easily deployed across multiple servers.

What is REST API Integration?

One of the most popular APIs for web-based services is the REST API. REST APIs work with specific data requests and returned data. The integration here represents how two or more applications can communicate via their API. It means your applications can talk to each other thanks to that API integration. As interoperability is one of the most important qualities of developing businesses, without an API integration you can not obtain well-designed business systems.

Why do Enterprises Need API Integration?

The more technology advances in the last decades, the more systems get complicated in the business process. To be a successful business that follows up latest news on technology and internalizes them, all departments of an enterprise should work together without wasting too much effort and time. To maintain this cooperation, you must integrate your applications as well as your human resources. Because the services that used in the enterprise are severely augmented and each service or application has its unique way to keep data, and each application or service can understand data in certain forms. That is why we need to integrate our applications. Creating an API integration from all the beginning can be a heavy burden for enterprises. Instead, you can try our ready-to-use connectors to create full integration of your services. Do not hesitate to learn more about MIP which provides that integration for your business.

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