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Summary

  •   Web 2.0 technologies are ubiquitously present on today’s Web
    • Users are dominant producers of data.
    • Data is opened for further processing and integration.
  • Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style especially suitable to exploit the Web of data and offer services on top of the data
    • The RESTful systems are compliant with the Web requirements.
    • REST brings the data residing on the Web near to the prosumers and the ways to process it.
  • RESTful-approach represents a natural way to offer Web Services as opposed to the SOAP-based Web Services
    • It builds on top of the architectural style which pervades the Web
    • It relies on the proven Web protocol (HTTP) and data formats (XML, JSON).
    • It integrates easily with the dominant visualization tool (a.k.a. Web browser) through JavaScript and AJAX.
  • RESTful-based services are dominating the Service Web
    • 68% RESTful services vs. 19% SOAP services*.
    • It is expected that the dominance of RESTful services will grow up in future.

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*Statistics retrieved from the Programmable Web on Dec 17th, 2009 @ http://www.programmableweb.com/apis