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Discussion on: 404 status code! Really?

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Antonio Feregrino • Edited on

Why add the burden of checking whether the response comes back with a null or not to the developer that uses your API?

501 Not Implemented or 405 Not Allowed, for endpoints that do not exist (boocs, in your case)
404 Not Found for resources that do not exist (or the user has no access to)
200 OK for succesful queries that return data

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Marco Damaceno Author

If the database is part of your application, go ahead with 404. If not, why to lean your app on it? It's just another perspective of how to look at the application. The RFC keeps ruling.