The problem with REST - Pete Hunt

REST does a shitty job of efficiently expressing relational data. I mean REST has its place. For example, it has very predictable performance and well-known cache characteristics. The problem is when you want to fetch data in repeated rounds, or when you want to fetch data that isn't expressed well as a hierarchy (think a graph with cycles -- not uncommon). That's where it breaks down. I think you can get pretty far with batched REST, but I'd like to see some way to query graphs in an easier way."
— Pete Hunt, Facebook, 2014 April