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Someone somewhere knows what the URI identifies and
has to tell you.
"A closed world problem is one where you know all of the users, you can share
a data model with them, and you can all communicate directly as to your needs."
get(myName, "you know my name; lookup the number")
ain't that brilliant. Seems to me that if all you
want is that, you don't want web services; you want
a telephone operator with a local exchange so you
can call and ask for a service from a global exchange
and hope the locals don't put you on hold or lose
the context of the request. Otherwise, how would
you comparison shop? (Progressive customers expect
It wasn't brilliance; it was the persuasion required to
get anyone to accept a uniform namespace for one
application sitting a top a transport system, and
the arrogance to suggest that it is the only
application worth considering.
From: Mark Baker [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
There are many application protocols that retrieve stuff; FTP, IMAP,
NNTP, SMTP (VRFY & EXPN, for example). To generalize those into "GET",
plus a URI to identify what is being "gotten", was a stroke of