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Errrr.... yes and no. The REST model of communication
isn't as familiar to mainstream programmers as one
might assume. I find that a lot of programmers
love RPC, recognize it, understand the GUI centrisms
and can get right to work. Why? Because the site
owner determines the interfaces, the parameters, etc.,
and the programmer just "hooks up". The scaling to
the web "to hookup anytime" is a red herring to
these people. They aren't interested in committees
to negotiate document types, or document types in
general. They like the fact that the site owner
predetermines that for them. Most of the time,
they aren't worried about universal identity or
access: they have edge systems that need to be
integrated into semi-permeable (mostly closed
but some public interfaces) systems. There
is a middle ground there.
Horses for courses.
From: Matt Gushee [mailto:email@example.com]
The push for REST-based Web Services is all about doing more with
less, and it is centered on technologies that have already gained
near-universal presence in the business world.