REST API Design Rulebook

The basic rules of REST APIs – “many nouns, few verbs, stick with HTTP” – seem easy, but that simplicity and power require discipline to work smoothly. This brief guide provides next steps for implementing complex projects on simple and extensible foundations.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Identifier Design with URIs
Chapter 3 Interaction Design with HTTP
Chapter 4 Metadata Design
Chapter 5 Representation Design
Chapter 6 Client Concerns
Chapter 7 Final Thoughts
Appendix My First REST API

About the Author
Mark Masse resides in Seattle, where he is a Senior Director of Engineering at ESPN.

Mark has fourteen years of engineering, management, and architecture experience with The Walt Disney Company. He began his career with Starwave creating rich, interactive Java applets for ESPN Sportszone,, and NASCAR Online. Mark architected and developed the content management system (CMS) that powers all of the Disney web sites including, and In 2008, he received a “Disney Inventor Award” for creating a “System and Method for Determining the Data Model Used to Create a Web Page.”

Book Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449310508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449310509
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