Transmission reduction between mobile phone applications and RESTful APIs

Chin Liang Tsai*, Hsiao Wen Chen, Jiun-Long Huang, Chih Lin Hu

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Abstract

Recently, the popularity of mobile smart phones has fostered the development of a variety of mobile Mashup applications. A mobile Mashup application retrieves and glues together resources on the Web to create a new service. Compared with mobile Web browsers, mobile Mashup applications provide users with fancy GUIs and specialized services. Thus, mobile Mashup applications have become a significant role on mobile phones. Due to low-bandwidth wireless links and limited battery capacity, a large number of transmissions of mobile applications is prohibitive. However, because mobile clients mainly use mobile Web browsers to access the Web, prior work only focused on reducing the data sent to mobile Web browsers. In this paper, we present a proxy system as well as several techniques to reduce the volume of transmissions sent from and received by mobile Mashup applications based on the observations on characteristics of RESTful APIs. We propose an API query language (AQL), which enables mobile applications to batch multiple RESTful API method calls into one single query, thereby reducing the number of HTTP requests and responses. In addition, we employ an image multi-get module and Gzip compression module for image and text transmission reduction, respectively. The experimental results show that the proposed system and techniques effectively reduces the number of HTTP requests and responses and sizes of packets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2011
Pages445-450
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Jun 2011
Event26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2011 - TaiChung, Taiwan
Duration: 21 Mar 201124 Mar 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Conference

Conference26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2011
CountryTaiwan
CityTaiChung
Period21/03/1124/03/11

Keywords

  • mobile computing
  • mobile mashup applications
  • rest

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    Tsai, C. L., Chen, H. W., Huang, J-L., & Hu, C. L. (2011). Transmission reduction between mobile phone applications and RESTful APIs. In 26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2011 (pp. 445-450). (Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing). https://doi.org/10.1145/1982185.1982280