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

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> It's my assertion that SOAP/WSDL cannot be the basis for 
> mutually interoperable "Web-Scale Services" until they learn 
> the lessons of the Web. Individual (but non-interoperable) 
> "Web-Scale Services" could probably be at least be as 
> successful as SMTP or FTP (if not HTTP) if they would learn 
> the lessons of SMTP or FTP but only a minority of the web 
> services community seem to be in that mental place yet.

I can say the same about REST.  Web came about because everyone added to
it.  Much of current focus on web services came about because Dave Winer
evangelized XML-RPC and everyone started adding to it.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about REST.  All I see is a few
whitepapers describing an abstraction of HTTP protocol which does not
address the full range of web service applications.  Where are the REST
equivalent of WSDL, UDDI, and XKMS specs?  Where are the REST tools and
libraries?  If evangelism is fire, it must have rained last night cause
I don't see anything catching fire.

While it disturbs me to see complex SOAP messages bearing very little
resemblance to the simple XML-RPC messages, I prefer SOAP over REST.


Don Park


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