Microsoft REST API Guidelines

Microsoft REST API Guidelines Working Group

Dave Campbell (CTO C+E)
Rick Rashid (CTO ASG)
John Shewchuk (Technical Fellow, TED HQ)
Mark Russinovich (CTO Azure)
Steve Lucco (Technical Fellow, DevDiv)
Murali Krishnaprasad (Azure App Plat)
Rob Howard (ASG)
Peter Torr (OSG)
Chris Mullins (ASG)

Document editors: John Gossman (C+E), Chris Mullins (ASG), Gareth Jones (ASG), Rob Dolin (C+E), Mark Stafford (C+E)

1 ABSTRACT

The Microsoft REST API Guidelines, as a design principle, encourages application developers to have resources accessible to them via a RESTful HTTP interface. To provide the smoothest possible experience for developers on platforms following the Microsoft REST API Guidelines, REST APIs SHOULD follow consistent design guidelines to make using them easy and intuitive.

This document establishes the guidelines Microsoft REST APIs SHOULD follow so RESTful interfaces are developed consistently.

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS

3 INTRODUCTION

Developers access most Microsoft Cloud Platform resources via RESTful HTTP interfaces. Although each service typically provides language-specific frameworks to wrap their APIs, all of their operations eventually boil


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