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REST, an acronym that stands for Representational State Transfer, describes software architecture style aiming at the creation of scalable web services. REST consists of a coordinated series of constraints applied to the API design of components in a distributed hypermedia system that can lead to a more performant and secure architecture. A RESTful API, also sometimes called a REST API or web API, is an API that complies with the REST architecture and principles.
Modern developments use RESTful API architecture rather than SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) concepts which introduces more complexity specifications to build web services. Using the REST architecture enables developers to create RESTful web services and data driven API. It also helps your business to have access to multiple API tools, according to the API platform you’re using, such as API permissions or API management. The RESTful API ecosystem provides tools for developers to produce automatically API documentation and API SDK.
Moving forward, RESTful API is set to continue its exponential growth as enterprises seek to provide open and well-defined interfaces for application and infrastructure services. The growth of public and private cloud services is fueling this demand, and will continue to rise for the next few years.