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

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Paul Prescod wrote,
> Rich doesn't have a choice so I'm not going to criticize him for not
> using REST. I'm just pointing out that it isn't a failing of REST
> that it cannot do the exact opposite of what it was designed to do.
> It's like asking for an object modeling style that doesn't require
> you to use objects. ;)
> He can't afford to pay the price of REST and he won't get the
> benefits. A perfectly legitimate engineering choice.

I'm afraid that doesn't wash.

The law isn't arbitrarily and unreasonably frustrating the ambitions of 
RESTians ... the law is mandating good security practices. If REST/HTTP 
isn't up to the job, then so much the worse for REST/HTTP.

But as I said, I don't believe this is a problem with REST per se. 
Rather then blaming legislators or accusing security practicioners of 
advocating proprietary protocols, why not try and show how RESTful 
principles can be applied end-to-end in this kind of scenario without 
having to trust an intermediary HTTP server?




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