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Nexus Profile

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A Nexus resource is a central “meeting point” for related resources. It is often identified by a shared business identifier, like invoice number or a book’s ISBN. A Nexus resource may have state information, but it is read-only and should reflect an overall business state. For instance, an order resource can have the states open or closed.

Clients discover related states via the links attached to the Nexus. The order resource’s shipping details, payment info and other order-related states are related to the Nexus resource but are linked, not embedded, in the Nexus resource. These resources offer affordances to manipulate the state of the order.

A Nexus resource offers the DELETE operation which removes the Nexus resource instance from the system. Related resources remove their states as a result of a successful delete.


The Nexus profile presents the required profile and allow headers. If the resources offers state data, it must include the content-type header indicating the mime type of the representation.

Fetch Nexus

A client can fetch the Nexus’ state with a GET request. The state information is in the body.

Remove Nexus

Nexus resources, as central points of business context, might be removable from the underlying system. Removing a Nexus may have follow-on effects on related resources such that they are also removed or orphaned by the removal of their linked Nexus resource.

Clients remove a nexus by sending a DELETE request.


HTTP/1.1 Semantics and Content: RFC 7231

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