Hi Experts,

Can anyone tell me anything about JSON/RESTful?

I have API that required these and I need to investigate a course for myself. Is this the part of JavaScript?

Can anyone recommend a good online course?

Thank you
APD TorontoSoftware DeveloperAsked:
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Russ SuterSenior Software DeveloperCommented:


JSON and RESTful services aren't necessarily intertwined but often used together.
Radek BaranowskiFull-stack Java DeveloperCommented:
JSON is essentialy a standard of putting together a chunk of data, it might contain data of any sort, it just must be put as
{ "tag" : "value", "tag2": [ {"subtag1":"value"},{"subtag2":"value"}]}

RESTful however is a standard of accessing service and data objects with addressing based on the URI instead of passing a bunch of parameters, and desired action specified by HTTP GET,POST,PUT,DELETE requests.

It might be well shown in a comparison vs. usual way of passing parameters into php:

RESTful api would rather expect HTTP DELETE request sent to


hope this is clear enough for you.

Neither of them are a part of JavaScript per se, but both are extensively used by most of JS-based frameworks (like AngularJS), REST is a common standard reaching much beyond any specific programming language. If you want to have a piece of good practice, I would recommend searching for the MEAN Machine book and following the tutorial. Also CodeSchool has a few courses teaching hese topics by example (building a simple site with AngularJS will make you learn  both JSON and REST)
APD TorontoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I dont see the course "building a simple site with AngularJS"
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APD TorontoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
As well,  I have 15 years of experience in VB6/VBA/VBS  with some MSSQL, and 2 year experience of PHP/MySQL. Would that be sufficient prerequisite for success in learning RESTful, or must I know Java?
Radek BaranowskiFull-stack Java DeveloperCommented:
tex exact name is "Shaping up with Angular.js"
Radek BaranowskiFull-stack Java DeveloperCommented:
no, you don't have to learn Java. If you are familiar with fundamental programming concepts and understand principles of SOA-like architecture (Service oriented) and/or microservices, REST is just another way to implement that and is language independent as it's essentially a concept, not the specific technology.
APD TorontoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
What's SOA? Is my experience sufficient
Radek BaranowskiFull-stack Java DeveloperCommented:
It's a concept of dividing your application into smaller,  independent and iteroperable parts -services - that cooperate with each other to perform desired business functions. Microservices goes even further in atomization factor.
Soa https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service-oriented_architecturedefinition

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APD TorontoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all your information and sorry for abandoning this.   I got distracted with other issues, but if I have further questions I will open a new question.
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