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Re: Idempotent

From: Shel Kaphan <sjk@amazon.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 1995 13:07:38 -0700
Message-Id: <199508312007.NAA29423@bert.amazon.com>
To: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen writes:
 > 
 > > Why not use "cacheable" instead of "idempotent"?
 > 
 > No, that doesn't work - "cacheable" refers to the object, "idempotent" refers 
 > to the method. I would rather say that an idempotent method does not change 
 > the topology of the Web.
 > 

Most server side effects also do not change the topology of the web,
for instance, changes to an SQL database attached to the server, that
eventually cause pizzas to be dispatched.  But these server side effects are
largely what is at issue.
Received on Thursday, 31 August 1995 13:16:16 EDT

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