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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: Building Web Services the REST Way

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At 01:25 AM 4/07/2002, Rich Salz wrote:

>>REST describes what makes the Web work well.
>Ah, the crux of my problem with the REST camp.  Post hoc propter hoc.

A couple of points to note :

Firstly REST did not come *after* the fact as you state. See the 
introduction to Fielding's thesis where it says in part - "Over the past six 
years, the REST architectural style has been used to guide the design and 
development of the architecture for the modern Web, as presented in Chapter 
6. This work was done in conjunction with my authoring of the Internet 
standards for the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Uniform Resource 
Identifiers (URI)."

Secondly the original statement does not say that the Web is working well 
*because* of REST, it says it *describes* what makes the web work well and 
as Fielding clearly states, it has actively been applied to the *ongoing* 
development of the Web.



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