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   RE: [xml-dev] REST has too many verbs

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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 
comparison pricing...).

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.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.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


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