Representational State Transfer (REST) is a style of software architecture for distributed hypermedia systems such as the World Wide Web architecture delivering web services with a significant impact on the industry.
RESTful APIs, or RESTful Web services have many significant advantages connecting everything inside and outside of Cloud. Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) is a free tool that enables users to easily develop modern REST interfaces for relational data in a highly scalable, manageable, and secure way.
As enterprises (companies, governments, and other organizations) integrate their existing IT infrastructures and IT resources with the shareable Cloud & Mobile paradigm, it is imperative for cloud enablers to provide a uniform API that these enterprises can use.
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