REST in the mainstream
In my last post I talked about REST services in GIS. If you are interested in digging deeper into REST, a whole bunch of information can be found here. But who is using REST data services out there? Well, both the two big software giants are. Both Google and Microsoft are offering their own style of REST protocols for accessing databases over HTTP. Google is offering Google Base and Microsoft is working on Astoria. Being a Microsoft guy, I have been playing around with Astoria and am excited about its possibilities. Microsoft is still actively working on Astoria and are currently inviting insight into its URL syntax style and security. Dare Obasanjo has a great blog post comparing the above two technologies.
Adding the ‘format’ query parameter to the URL retrieves the data in JSON format like shown below.