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1) Read the /full/ REST dissertation (and chapter 5&6 twice!).
2) Read the original design for the world wide web.
3) Read the early HTTP and HTML specs, and also as many Design Issues as possible.

From the REST dissertation: 'What distinguishes HTTP from RPC isn't the syntax

This is perhaps the most important advice for completing your dissertation. Many dissertation candidates have gotten bogged down because they choose a great dissertation topic, demonstrate doctoral-level ability and get their topic approved, but later loose interest in their topic. If your dissertation topic is not that interesting at the beginning of the dissertation process, think about how interesting your dissertation will be a year from now! Choosing an interesting dissertation topic requires some forethought.

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foundation laid out in the REST dissertation and adheres to the rules prescribed there But even the REST architecture suffers from several shortcomings. The major one is the lack of a formal specification. The original REST dissertation is the PHD thesis of Roy Fielding, and that was published in 2000. It has been 15 years since that time, and there are still discussions on what REST entails, what it requires and what it forbids. Best practices come and go in the blink of an eye and restful architectures are always discussed in a passionate manner.

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That's not to suggest that developers should go back to the bad old days of simply sending verbose XML over HTTP or create a host of . But for solving some of the most challenging enterprise software problems, new patterns are emerging that challenge fundamental tenets of Fielding's REST dissertation.

REST is a term coined by Roy Fielding in his Ph.D