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   Re: [xml-dev] SOAP and the Web

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

>Doesn't REST also use XML?  
Only for results, as far as I can make out. Unless anyone has come up 
with a standard way of sending XML parameter blocks with HTTP GETs?

For those of us who get excited about sending and receiving schema-valid 
XML messages this is a bit frustrating.

>It may be that the programming model (procedural 
>invocation of remote procedures) is given 
>resistance to learning a new paradigm.  So 
>far, the REST architecture would appear to be 
>superior based on the reliability of the components 
>for processing URIs, safe operations, scaling 
>of simple methods over the confusion of every 
>programmer rolling their own and each having 
>to learn essentially, a new API for every service.
having schema-valid GET parameters could make the web even more open - 
if my train timetable query uses a schema which enumerates all valid 
stations for the toStation and fromStation attributes, then a smart 
browser, maybe using an XForms plugin, would help me build my query, but 
I would still be able to embed or link to the resulting GET.

Increasingly I feel that more of the value of Web Services will come 
from WSDL than from SOAP.



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