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Tobias Nickel
Tobias Nickel

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RESTful verbs vs Real actions

In http rest APIs we are stuck with a very limited set of verbs. They are essentially:

  • get: to load data
  • post: to create new data
  • put: to replace data
  • patch: to update data
  • delete: to remove data

These are the verbs of a typical CRUD operation. They are very effective. But let me tell you a story:

In the afternoon you patch your location to your mothers house. After that you get her data and patch her status to happy.

This is a small situation, told as if you tell a story to a database. Here is the same story, but for the application layer:

In the afternoon you drive into the city to your mothers house. After you see her, you notice her pretty dress. You make her a nice compliment. That makes her very happy.

What version of the story do you prefer?

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