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Jackie Jarboe
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What does R-E-S-T stand for? What is the origin of the acronym?
 
Leonard Richardson
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Jackie,

It stands for "Representational State Transfer" and it comes from Roy Fielding's 2000 Ph.D dissertation (http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/top.htm). REST is a very general term, but it's usually used to describe a style of web services, or the architecture of the Web itself.

The acronym has to do with how client and server manage the state of server-side objects: by sending "representations" of the objects back and forth.
 
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