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REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer, and is an architectural style for large-scale software design.

Within the scope of the ActiveSOAP project we tend to refer to REST services as being services which consume and emit XML documents using either HTTP or JMS transports.

i.e. REST services are analogous to Web Services except that they don't necessarily use the SOAP protocol or any of the WS-* specifications; they are just simple, lightweight REST endpoints which respond to either a HTTP POST or JMS send of some XML.