Posted By: Anonymous
I am building an application with a REST-based API and have come to the point where I am specifying status codes for each requests.
What status code should i send for requests failing validation or where a request is trying to add a duplicate in my database?
I’ve looked through http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec10.html but none of them seems right.
Is there a common practice when sending status codes?
Update June 2014
The relevant specification used to be RFC2616, which gave the use of 400 (Bad Request) rather narrowly as
The request could not be understood by the server due to malformed syntax
So it might have been argued that it was inappropriate for semantic errors. But not any more; since June 2014 the relevant standard RFC 7231, which supersedes the previous RFC2616, gives the use of 400 (Bad Request) more broadly as
the server cannot or
will not process the request due to something that is perceived to be
a client error