Create and deploy your REST Web API in no time, no code required? Since REST utilizes CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, and Delete), it is very easy to understand whether you are just starting out as a developer or have years of experience. It can be reused with different projects which saves time as well. It’s also very popular and according to Cloud Elements’ 2017 State of API Integration report, 83 percent of APIs now use REST. Here’s an article which goes into more depth but these are the highlights.
At the end of the day, the best protocol is the one that makes the most sense for the organization, the types of clients that you need to support, and what you need in terms of flexibility. Most new APIs are built using REST and JSON simply because it typically consumes less bandwidth and is easier to understand both for developers implementing initial APIs as well as other developers who may write other services against it. Because it’s more easily consumed by most of today’s web browsers, REST+JSON has become the defacto technology for the majority of public APIs. However, SOAP remains a valuable protocol in some circumstances. Plus, you don’t have to look far to find die-hard fans advocating for SOAP for certain use cases.
However, there are different opinions about if you should use links, or not… Vinay Sahni writes in his excellent blog post Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API that links are a good idea, but we are not ready to use them yet. On the other hand, the RESTful maturity model says that when you start using links you have reached the highest level of REST maturity. So what to do? Well, Dr. Roy Fielding, an expert on software architectures and the inventor of REST architectural style, flatly said on his blog that if you don’t use links it ain’t REST services, and he kindly encourages you to use another buzz word for your API!
I see that this software is using Visual Studio 2017. Do I need a license for this product? No, as a single developer you can qualify for the free edition. You can download it from Microsoft site: Visual Studio Community 2017 I don’t have a license for Microsoft SQL Server. Do I need one? No, Microsoft provides a free download for SQL Express Edition server. You can get yours here. I see that a backup of AdventureWorks database is provided with the installation. How can I restore it on the server? In order to restore the backup file please download SSMS from this site: SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Once the code is generated am I able to modify it? Yes, by purchasing a license you should be able to modify the code however you see fit. Read more details on Instant Rest API from your MS SQL database.