CockroachDB Glossary

Serverless REST API

What is a REST API?

A REST API is an API that meets the requirements for RESTful architecture, which include (among other things):

  • Independent client and server applications

  • Statelessness (requests must include all information necessary for processing)

  • Cacheability

  • Layered architecture

REST APIs are meant to be more scalable and more lightweight than some other API designs, and RESTful architecture is thus a popular choice for modern API architectures.

What is a Serverless REST API?

A serverless REST API is just a REST API that has been deployed using a serverless architecture. For example, you could build a serverless REST API using AWS Lambda for serverless functions and CockroachDB Serverless as your serverless database.

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