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Re: [xml-dev] Re: [SPAM] Re: [xml-dev] RESTful operations on document fragments'

I have to agree that adding verbs by extension is RESTful, as long as
the method of extension is well defined, I believe there was some
arguments on WebDAV being Restful or not, the not being not that verbs
were extended but that in some cases they were extended to do things
that should be more properly done by the other verbs operating on a
specific resource? But I don't remember on what grounds the argument
was made. As for why I didn't think of WebDAV it's been years since
I've looked at any of it, and I simply didn't think of it. That said
not sure how many conformant WebDAV implementations there are out
there? I was under the impression that most implementations only did
parts of the spec? Excuse the ignorance but it's really the forgotten
protocol for me.

Bryan Rasmussen

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 6:07 PM, Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com> wrote:
> Moberg Dale wrote:
>  > Simon St Laurent comments:
>  > That's RESTful?  For what definition of REST?
>  >
>  > Moberg Dale continues in reply:
>  >
>  > I will ignore the bait about "definitions". I can only point out that in
>  > the REST vs. XMLP wars, REST advocates defended the MTTP methods (POST,
>  > PUT, GET and the like) as indicating ("properly") the RESTful operations
>  > on the resource indicated in the HTTP command line. In WEBDAV we find
>  > HTTP extended, for example, by
>  >
>  >    PROPFIND  /file HTTP/1.1
>  >    Host: www.foo.bar
>  >    Content-type: text/xml; charset="utf-8"
>  >    Content-Length: xxxx
>  >
>  > That is, new HTTP methods were introduced. The introduction of new HTTP
>  > methods was discussed in this thread previously. What definition was at
>  > work for those who introduced those points into the discussion?
>  I guess I don't find adding verbs to be a plus for an architecture whose
>  core strength is the deliberate decision to restrict the number of verbs.
>  REST is kind of HTTP--, not HTTP++.
>  > Anyway, some sort of WEBDAV lite seems to be what is being envisioned. I
>  > was just wondering about why reinvention was of interest. I remain
>  > unclear why you want to reinvent, but I am not discouraging you.
>  I guess WebDAV looks a lot to me like the recently proposed PATCH.  I
>  don't think adding a huge pile of verbs is the right answer to a problem
>  that consists primarily of needing to identify nouns more preciesely.
>  Thanks,
>  Simon St.Laurent
>  Retired XML troublemaker
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