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   Re: [xml-dev] What Does SOAP/WS Do that A REST System Can't?

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On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 22:00:10 -0500, Michael Champion wrote

> I maintain  that there is no deep architectural principle here --
> either approach exposes essentially the same order of complexity  from
> the service provider to the service consumer.

As is often the case, David Megginson
makes  a similar point far more eloquently : "REST offloads complexity
from the protocol (HTTP) to the content (XML). That makes REST look
simple as long as you focus only on the protocol, but RESTafarians
cannot get away forever with leaving the content format for data

His larger point that RSS is to the RESTful data web what HTML is to
the document web is very interesting too.  That would explain Dare's
recent conversion to RESTifarianism :-)  -- in the world of Web-based
information services a la MSN, Google, Flickr, Bloglines etc.,
HTTP+RSS probably does hit the 80/20 point or better.


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