Steve is a Ruby Hero, software craftsman, and an aspiring digital humanities scholar. He spends most of his time contributing to Open Source, and maintains both Hackety Hack and Shoes. He’s writing a book on web services called “Get some REST.”

Pretty much every web service that uses HTTP verbs is calling itself RESTful these days, but what does that even mean? What makes a service RESTful? Why would you write a service using the REST style? Why are most services that call themselves RESTful actually just RPC in REST clothing? Steve will answer all these questions and more, as well as discussing where following strict REST does not make sense.

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