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

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Miles Sabin wrote:
> Paul Prescod wrote,
> > HTTP can of course be used to tunnel (POST: don't ask, don't tell).
> > But REST is an integration architecture: tunnelling of proprietary
> > protocols is precisely what it is designed to *replace*.
> Sure, but here there's a significant cost: if you want to use REST/HTTP
> you'd have to expand the scope of the secure endpoint to include the
> HTTP server. And that means that you have a much bigger chunk of
> software that'd need to pass the relevant certification criteria ...
> and that could be *very* time-consuming and expensive (if, indeed, it's
> possible at all in any realistic sense).

No doubt. REST isn't for anything. If you don't care about widespread
interoperability and integration then I would't say it has any benefit
for you. There are tons of ad hoc ways to tunnel proprietary data
through the Internet. I don't see think you would need either a
"standard" or an "architecture" for that. You've already decided on your
architecture and you've already decided to use a proprietary application
protocol. What value could REST (as opposed to HTTP) add?

Come discuss XML and REST web services at:
  Open Source Conference: July 22-26, 2002, conferences.oreillynet.com
  Extreme Markup: Aug 4-9, 2002,  www.extrememarkup.com/extreme/


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