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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: Why REST? (RE: [xml-dev] WSIO- With Name)

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On Tuesday 12 February 2002 06:59 pm, Paul Prescod wrote:
> "REST is defined by four interface constraints: identification of
> resources; manipulation of resources through representations;*
> self-descriptive messages; and, hypermedia as the engine of
> application state."
> If you don't like REST, that's okay. Propose another model.

The overall architecture is fine... the point I was trying to make is 
that if you don't know what you're going to get back when you ask for 
the representation of a resource, you have a problem. Abstract 
resources are an elegant idea, and very useful in some cases, but they 
*can* fail the test of least surprise.


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