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This is Volume 9 of This week in REST, for Mar 22 2010 – Mar 28 2010. It’s been a slow week for REST. For more information on this blog see this post and visit this REST wiki page for contributing links this week.

Around the Web

The HTTP ETag header and optimistic locking in REST – Description of optimistic locking in RESTful HTTP using the ETag header
Not all Web APIs are the same – A different and more simple look on web service APIs and their RESTfulness (by Mike Amundsen)

REST dicussion group

Hypermedia controls – Longish but very interesting discussion on link relations.

Interesting tweets

@mamund – “Web API Author Tip: If the URI Convention portion of your documentation is 12 pgs long, you can be pretty sure it’s not a #RESTful API.”
@AndrewWahbe – “Interesting little history of URI from @timberners_lee : http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2009Aug/0000.html
@AndrewWahbe – “All RESTful systems are machine-to-machine systems”
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