Rowan Merewood Experiments in software engineering


State Machines to State of the Art

My first conference talk which I delivered back at PHP UK 2009. Abstract as follows:

Web applications are everywhere now, but many of them misuse the basic concepts laid down by the HTTP protocol, miss the benefits of making the application and the API the same thing, and don't set themselves up to grow if things take off.

This talk will look at the design decisions you need to make to ensure that your application really is ReST-ful, how we fit that cleanly into MVC, and how state machines can help us manage clean state changes in a stateless protocol. The talk will go into some of the available design patterns with class diagrams and code snippets showing how and where to implement them.

You can use the slideshare view below or download the original PDF: State Machines to State of the Art.

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