Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

REST, also known as Representational State Transfer, is a way of structuring web applications such that the various components communicate with each other using HTTP methods such as GET and POST. It was developed and standardized by the W3C in conjunction with HTTP 1.1 in 1999. Benefits include scalability, fault tolerance, and the ability to modify individual components even while the software is running.

Software that uses this style of interface is called "RESTful."

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