1.2. Representational State Transfer

Representational State Transfer (REST) is a software design architecture that focuses on resources for a specific service and their representations. A resource representation is a key abstraction of information that corresponds to one specific managed element on a server. A client sends a request to a server element located at a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and performs operations with standard HTTP methods, such as GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE. This provides a stateless communication between the client and server where each request acts independent of any other request and contains all necessary information to complete the request.