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   RE: [xml-dev] Principle of Sustainable Complexity

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> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]


> On Tuesday 12 February 2002 04:29 pm, Michael Brennan wrote:
> > One thing that has become quite evident to me in working through
> > these thought exercises is the point Paul Prescod made in an earlier
> > post that REST is more intrusive into business-level designs and
> > architectures than protocols typically are. 
> This is because REST is an architecture, not a protocol.

Yes. I misspoke, there. But aside from a few misplaced words, I think my
point is valid. The point I was making is that REST tells us the protocol
should be quite visible to the application architecture (and vice versa),
whereas typical patterns used today by web developers is to minimize that
intrusion and hide the protocol from the application level design (and vice
versa). The real point I was trying to make is this makes no difference in
overall complexity of the design and implementation. There are other issues
with REST, here, but I don't see complexity as one of them.


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