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Discussion on: There is No U in CRUD

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Renato Mefi

Hello James and Franz,

This thread is an awesome complement to this post, I'll follow with just one thing:

Debit and Credit operations have been combined into a single transaction POST operation. Now this seems like a strength in that it's simpler from an interface standpoint (debit is just a transaction with a negative amount, credit is a positive amount, right?). However, there can be very different business rules around debits vs credits, to the point where they should be modeled in the domain layer as separate operations on an account. A negative credit could still need to be treated differently than a positive debit, depending on banking rules/regulations. With a single REST endpoint, now you're back to having to infer which operation they mean based on parameters. I feel very strongly against doing this, which is a key point I was trying to make in this article. With the URI scheme I propose, the operation is always explicit, which ends up being more maintainable as requirements change and/or new requirements surface.

I completely agree with James on this one, keeping one noun as transactions might be more compliant to REST, in the other hand both client and server are going to (possibly) disrespect the single responsibility principle, the server will have to split the business logic internally while the client depending on its usage might have also to do the same due to having multiple operations in a single endpoint.

That's why I agree "bending the rules" are important as well since the advantage of the transactions endpoint is almost purely to follow the standards without giving much back to clients and servers.

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Franz Liedke

Business rules need to be enforced on the server side. With James' example, I see nothing in there that requires the client to know the details of these rules. Hence, it should not have to deal with two separate endpoints because to it, the operations are the same. That, in my eyes, is the biggest benefit of a combined endpoint in this case. Depends on the concrete example, though.