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>>Ah, the crux of my problem with the REST camp. Post hoc propter hoc.
> So is it your sense that no matter how compelling a theory for why
> something happened in the past, that theory should not be considered
> because it can never be proved? Maybe evolution is not the cause of the
> fossils in the ground. How can we be sure?
I think it is important to distinguish between "the Web works because it
is a RESTful architecture" and "the web works; its architecture is
thus..." The latter formulation admits the possibility that, for
example, an awful lot of effort made something mediocre work.