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Terminology

What is REST?

REST (Representational State Transfer) is a set of conventions for managing data resources using HTTP for transport. We're using HTTP as designed to manage data, not just as a protocol to manage websites, which is what qualifies the Provisioning API as REST.

What is JSON?

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight data format based on the object notation of the JavaScript language. It’s basically the native way of representing an object within a web browser. While the specification came from JavaScript, it is language independent and can be used with virtually any modern programming language.

What is XML?

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a markup language used to encode documents electronically in order to define various structures within the documents.

What is form-encoding?

Form-encoding is essentially the same thing sent by your browser when you do a form post. If you use curl, Net:HTTP, LWP, or any other HTTP client to send a POST, chances are form-encoded is already sent by default.

What is BASIC?

BASIC authentication sends your username and password in a header to a web server. The credentials are encoded, but not encrypted. Credentials should be passed as base64 encoded, such as "username:password".