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   Re: [xml-dev] REST as RPC done right

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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] REST as RPC done right
  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 14:45:07 -0500
  • References: <200202271733.MAA28593@markbaker.ca> <E16gaB6-00022C-00@server2000.ebizhostingsolutions.com>

Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> So here's a question. If I *wanted* type safety what do I do? I'd be
> most surprised if my dog (Japanese Chin FWIW) would respond to POST,
> PUT, DELETE et al. 


> ... Point being that you're really tunelling one
> communication protocol over another *unless* the "generic" methods are
> actually meaningful to the resource/application.
> Note that Roy explicitly talks about REST for "distributed hypermedia"
> not for "distributed computing" in the general sense.

Can you really make the case that GET/PUT/POST/DELETE are more
appropriate to hypermedia than, let's say, e-commerce? I've read the
HTTP spec and I don't see anything hypermedia specific about it. Plus,
the W3C folks have always used a definition of hypermedia that meant:
"all information, everywhere, hyperlinked."

 Paul Prescod


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