REST APIs: A large-scale analysis of compliance with principles and best practices

Carlos Rodríguez, Marcos Baez, Florian Daniel, Fabio Casati, Juan Carlos Trabucco, Luigi Canali, Gianraffaele Percannella

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Quickly and dominantly, REST APIs have spread over the Web and percolated into modern software development practice, especially in the Mobile Internet where they conveniently enable offloading data and computations onto cloud services. We analyze more than 78GB of HTTP traffic collected by Italy’s biggest Mobile Internet provider over one full day and study how big the trend is in practice, how it changed the traffic that is generated by applications, and how REST APIs are implemented in practice. The analysis provides insight into the compliance of state-of-the-art APIs with theoretical Web engineering principles and guidelines, knowledge that affects how applications should be developed to be scalable and robust. The perspective is that of the Mobile Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Engineering - 16th International Conference, ICWE 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783319387901
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Web Engineering, ICWE 2016 - Lugano, Switzerland
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Web Engineering, ICWE 2016


  • APIs
  • Mobile internet
  • REST
  • REST principles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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