Wednesday Apr 01, 2009

Why HATEOAS?

It started with a simple question or two, which boil down to:

  • If Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State (HATEOAS) is so cool, why is it not being used by more REST APIs today?
  • Are there any short term benefits to go along with the stated long term benefits like adaptability to change?

Here's the answer I sent back to the rest-discuss mailing list, which I've decided to memorialize by turning it in to a blog entry. Note that it was written yesterday, so the publication date (April 1) is not semantically meaningful :-).


I know exactly where you are coming from with these questions ...

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