Greater Nebraska Software Symposium
March 23 - 25, 2007 - Omaha, NE
The Zen of REST
Google quietly deprecated their SOAP search API at the end of 2006. While this doesn't mean that you should abandon SOAP, it does reflect a growing trend towards simpler dialects of web services. Google joins a number of popular websites (Yahoo, Flickr, YouTube, del.icio.us) that offer all of the benefits of web services without all of the complexity of SOAP.
REST isn't a specification or a framework -- it's a set of architectural principles. This means that you can begin using it immediately. No framework wars, no version mismatches. This talk demonstrates some of the more popular RESTful web services out there in the wild. It also shows you live examples of how to implement your own.
We'll look at the simplest form of REST -- GETful web services. We'll also look at more sophisticated RESTful interfaces that utilize all of the HTTP verbs (GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE) and MIME types. Finally, we'll look at Atom and the Atom Publishing Protocol -- the RESTful implementation that Google chose to replace its aging SOAP implementation.
About Scott Davis
Scott Davis is the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a training company that specializes in Groovy and Grails training.
Scott published one of the first public websites implemented in Grails in 2006 and has been actively working with the technology ever since. Author of the book Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java and two ongoing IBM developerWorks article series (Mastering Grails and in 2009, Practically Groovy), Scott writes extensively about how Groovy and Grails are the future of Java development.More About Scott »