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Boosted: Should we rebrand REST?

In this blogpost I argue the case for consigning the term "REST API" to history. In its place we should adopt the terms "HTTP API" and "hypermedia API", which better differentiate two distinctive design conventions for the programmatic interfaces of web services.

https://kieranpotts.com/rebranding-rest/

Fielding's thesis was a kind of retrospective on the design decisions that led to the World Wide Web — a distributed hypermedia-driven information retrieval system — becoming the runaway success it was.

I've read about Fielding's REST dissertation (never actually read the dissertation itself), but this is an interesting way to think about it. I've tried to explain the ideas behind REST to colleagues before, but I don't think I've ever been successful. Describing it with the Web as an example of the architecture makes it much more tangible.

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Boosted: Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from Firefox's Customize menu - gHacks Tech News

Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from the Firefox browser's customize menu, which allows users to reduce the size of the browser chrome.

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/03/14/mozilla-plans-to-remove-the-compact-density-option-from-firefoxs-customize-menu/

I don't understand why #Mozilla is so intent on ruining their users' attitude toward them and Firefox. They're just going to slowly take away every useful feature in Firefox until it withers away to nothing.

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Boosted: Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 | Ars Technica

If DIY flashing isn't your thing, refurbished Samsung devices are now available.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/03/google-free-e-os-is-now-selling-pre-loaded-phones-in-the-us-starting-at-380/

This is pretty cool. Now there's at least one viable alternative phone I can buy if my current one reaches its end-of-life. I'm still holding out hope for the #PinePhone and other #nix based smartphones. Getting a convergent Linux onto smartphones that can serve as a daily driver would be killer. But until then it's great that there's a choice that isn't a giant Silicon Valley silo.

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