Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM)

A Guide to REST and API Design

Provided by CA Technologies

Category Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM)

Type E-Book

Length 12

Publish Date January 09 2015

Date posted June 17 2016

Overview

In his 1966 book “The Psychology of Science,” American psychologist Abraham Maslow tackled the idea that those in the field of psychology needed to approach treatment from multiple perspectives, to take on new ideas, and not just continue using the same theories and techniques created by Freud and his followers so many years ago. Acknowledging that changing your point of view can be difficult, Maslow wrote “[I]t is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything like a nail.” We have all had this experience. We get so used to the way things have been done in the past, we sometimes don’t question the reasons for doing them.

It may seem curious to refer to psychology in a work on REST and API Design, but it works to illustrate two distinctive points: (1) that all design decisions, regardless of whether they pertain to software or architecture, should be made within the context of functional, behavioral, and social
requirements—not random trends; (2) when you only know how to do one thing well, everything tends to look identical.

This eBook give a high level overview of Fielding's dissertation “Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures,”. To get started, let’s take a look at REST in some detail.

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