REST API Syncler-Glossar
A REST API is an interface that facilitates the exchange of information between different software applications. It is based on the REST principle (Representational State Transfer), a standard on the web that offers flexibility and broad compatibility.
Key aspects of REST APIs:
REST APIs are developed using various programming languages and support diverse data formats. This provides developers with a lot of freedom in design.
- Standardized requests:
Regardless of the source, requests to a REST API should be uniformly designed. Each resource, such as a user data record, is accessible via a unique URI (Uniform Resource Identifier).
- Separation of client and server:
The REST API allows for a clear separation between the requesting (client) and the providing application (server). Communication is carried out using standardized HTTP methods (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE).
- Stateless communication:
REST APIs operate statelessly, meaning each request contains all necessary information. There is no server-side storage of request data.
Resources and responses are cached to improve performance and reduce server load.
- Layered architecture:
REST APIs go through multiple network layers, increasing flexibility and scalability.
- Practical application and security:
REST APIs are used for CRUD operations (Create, Read, Update, Delete) over HTTP. They are particularly useful for integrating various services and data sources. When developing and using REST APIs, it is important to observe best security practices, such as using HTTPS and authentication methods, to ensure secure data exchange.
REST API Connector with Syncler
Through the Syncler integration platform, applications can be connected via REST API. Pre-configured connectors allow for the automation of business processes and the easy transfer of data to other applications. The development and maintenance of individual interfaces are no longer necessary.