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

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On Wed, 2005-04-13 at 22:54 -0400, Rich Salz wrote:

> I believe the very statelessness of HTTP and REST makes it
> impossible.  (Yeah, I know, it's not really without state, it's just
> that all the state is in the representations sent back and forth.
> Not good enough -- you need *shared state* that doesn't get
> communicated.  Go see the SSL/TLS or WS-SecureConversation specs.)

Can a comparison be made between the shift to  a REST based approach
and the shift from a procedural to a functional language? Getting
used to working without (modifiable) variables wasn't easy for me.
Same way, hacking web pages together without state is 'different'.

Is the mindset change comparable?

regards DaveP


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