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Imagine if every PhD dissertation resulted in something that changed the world?

REST 101: An Introduction to RESTful APIs
By Ryan Pinkham

Imagine if every PhD dissertation resulted in something that changed the world?

That's what happened when Roy Fielding presented his doctoral dissertation on the "representational state transfer" at University of California-Irvine in 2000.

This dissertation laid the groundwork for the staggering growth of RESTful web services, which have reshaped how organizations deploy and utilize APIs. In fact, today 70% of public APIs depend on REST services.

In our newest infographic, we take a look at the language, properties, and requirements of a RESTful web service. We look at how REST compares to its well-known counterpart Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and provide tips for how to choose between the two.

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As the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, SmartBear supports more than two million software professionals and over 25,000 organizations in 90 countries that use its products to build and deliver the world’s greatest applications. With today’s applications deploying on mobile, Web, desktop, Internet of Things (IoT) or even embedded computing platforms, the connected nature of these applications through public and private APIs presents a unique set of challenges for developers, testers and operations teams. SmartBear's software quality tools assist with code review, functional and load testing, API readiness as well as performance monitoring of these modern applications.