Developer Spotlight: Eugene Mutai
Each month, we’ll feature our developers in Lagos and Nairobi to share their unique stories and highlight their contributions to the community.
What is REST, and why does it matter?
People tend to get a little heated when discussing what REST is and what it isn’t. (Hint: never claim that it’s a protocol, under penalty of internet flaming.)
If you look to the internet for help, you’ll find a lot of confusion surrounding the topic since it was introduced as a computer science Ph.D. dissertation. So what do you do if you want a firm understanding of this fundamental concept of the web, but you don’t have time to read 168 pages?
Eugene Mutai has an answer for you. Hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, Eugene is a full-stack developer at Andela and is also a Google Developer Expert.
In the video above, taken at a recent After Hours event at co-working space Nairobi Garage, Eugene presents a deep dive into the tricky topic of REST. He demystifies the architectural style by walking us through a little bit of its history and demonstrates how it makes his life as a developer easier. As with most technological debates, Eugene explains, the question of whether or not to make your system RESTful has just as much to do with individual preferences as it does with the technology itself.
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