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Wednesday, September 30 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
All Aboard the Boxcar! Going Beyond the Basics of REST

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One of the basic tenets of the REST paradigm is that resources are individually identified by URLs. REST APIs provide access to resources by HTTP operations such as GET and POST on those URLs. While this approach makes for a clean abstraction, it can be inefficient - an application that makes an HTTP request for each resource it wishes to act on may deliver a poor user experience, especially in a high latency environment such as mobile.

'Boxcarring' allows us to bundle multiple operations into a single HTTP call. For example, an application might POST a whole set of resource representations for creation. Resources carried in the boxcar can be independent, or form a tree of linked resources. This session will explore the boxcar approach, show an implementation in action, and discuss whether this can still be considered a RESTful approach.

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Pat Patterson

Developer Evangelist Architect, Salesforce
Pat Patterson has been working with Internet technologies since 1997, building software and working with developer communities at Sun Microsystems, Huawei Technologies and Salesforce. At Sun, Pat was the community lead for the OpenSSO open source project, while at Huawei he worked on cloud storage infrastructure software. Since joining the developer evangelism team at Salesforce in 2010, Pat has worked with all aspects of the Salesforce1... Read More →

Wednesday September 30, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Expo Stage B

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