CNUG - Mike Amundsen

When: 12. May 2011 at 19:15 -


UserGroupMeeting: CNUG - Mike Amundsen


An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successsfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit and recently contributed to the book "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" (by Subbu Allamaraju). He is currently working on a new book on designing and implementing Hypermedia APIs. When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA.


What Is REST? : "And now for something a little different..."


When it comes down to actually understanding REST, it can be tough. There are quite a few versions of what REST "is" out there; some confusing, some contradictory, some helpful.

This talk sets out to explain the ideas behind Fielding's Representational State Transfer (REST) model; it's benefits and challenges. The presentation shows no code, no web pages, no HTTP headers or URIs. Instead, the primary motiviations of defining network architectures like REST are explored as well as the details of the REST style in particular.

What are the unique architectural challenges of the Web? What key properties and features of a "purpose-designed" network model can overcome these challenges? How does one identify, implement, and verify these key properties? How does Fielding's REST address these questions? How can one use the same approach to create new networking models that go beyond Fielding's REST?

Using references to visual art, product design, and physical architecture, this talk is ideal as a high-level introduction to REST and distributed network programming in general, accessible to all levels of developer, architect, and web programmer, etc.

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