University of New Orleans Fund
REpresentational State Transfer (REST) is the set of design principles behind the World Wide Web (WWW). REST treats all entities in the world as link connected resources, and supports a Resource-Oriented Architecture (ROA) for the design of applications. REST and ROA are responsible for many of the desirable quality attributes achieved in the WWW, such as loose-coupling (better adaptability) and interoperability. However, many exiting Web-based or Service-Oriented APplications (WSDL/SOAP based) only use WWW/HTTP as a tunneling protocol or abuse URL and POX (Plain Old XML) by encoding method semantics in them.