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   RE: [xml-dev] REST & types

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Everything that can be done by a steam shovel can 
be done by human hands.  Would you want 
to rebuild the Great Wall Of China as done originally? 

Again, without a precise definition of distributed 
hypermedia, that is hand waving.  What you might 
want to say is that anything that can be done 
in distributed computing can be done with the 
REST architecture.  Even then, it might not be 
the most efficient way to do it.  Turing completeness 
is no guarantee of logistical efficiency (a broader 
system analysis that accounts for all aspects of 
the system design method, implementation, and 
human factors as well as costs).

A lot of the arguments posed for REST seem to depend on programmers 
being lazy.  So once again, we get arguments that 
the architecture should be designed for "the slowest runner". 
That is not how competition works.  At the root of 
the web service and WSIO work is the realization 
that cooperative competition (sometimes called, 
"smart love") is what we cope with in the human 
side of this, and that the technology is just plumbing.


From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org]

> Note that Roy explicitly talks about REST for "distributed hypermedia" 
> not for "distributed computing" in the general sense.

Yup.  But everything that can be done by distributed computing can be
done by distributed hypermedia.  It's complete.


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