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Super-Fast, Super-Simple REST Services

Kris Majury
January 18, 20112 min
After a long day spent battling tight deadlines, resource issues, and evil data challenges, a Spatial Superhero can appreciate a few well-designed features that make life easier. That

After a long day spent battling tight deadlines, resource issues, and evil data challenges, a Spatial Superhero can appreciate a few well-designed features that make life easier. That’s why web developers and integrators will be happy to hear that we’ve introduced a REST API in 2011 that makes integrating FME Server’s robust capabilities into custom web applications faster and easier than ever before.

To use the new REST Service, simply integrate URLs into your web application for access to virtually any FME Server feature or capability – regardless of what framework you’re designing your application in. When a URL is invoked in your application, the transformation request from the underlying workspace automatically returns the results as an HTML, XML, or JSON data stream so you can work with the results the way you want. For example, to build a custom data download order form in your application, simply log on to FME Server, browse to the workspace of interest in the new fmerest interface. Once there you have access to everything you need in the workspace, including information on the readers and writers, feature types, published parameters, and resources.

By giving you the power to access this information via straightforward URL requests, you can now build dynamic, easy maintainable, highly customizable web applications faster than Superman™ ever could! This URL-driven approach also makes integrating the power of FME Server with ArcGIS® Server, Google Maps™, Bing™ Maps, OpenLayers, and other web API’s fast, secure, and seamless. So if you’re feeling the pressure to get your data assets into the hands of people who need it, see how FME Server and REST can expedite your ability to meet these requirements.

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