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Reconsidering REST

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:41:21 -0500
To: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1324064481.6252.1313.camel@waldron>
So, I've tried to express my concerns with the Graphstore HTTP Protocol
document by writing a new document.  I know that seems a little crazy,
but I needed to try to make sense of this protocol for a very different
audience.   The two documents are very similar in the behavior they
specify, but entirely different in focus and approach.  In particular,
the one I drafted leaves out SPARQL and is agnostic about SPARQL
artifacts like datasets and graph stores and endpoints.   To motivate
that a little, I'll quote our "SPARQL New Features and Rationale", which
says, "It should be possible to manipulate RDF graphs using HTTP verbs,
notably PUT, POST and DELETE. By this, clients doesn't need to know the
SPARQL language to update graphs when it is not needed."   I read that
to say this should be welcoming to people who don't want to learn SPARQL
or SPARQL concepts.

Anyway, here it is:

        http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/wiki/REST
        
For people who don't know, this area is the focus of a possible new
Working Group, which is why I'm suddenly so interested in it.  See:

        http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-ldp/2011Dec/0000
        
for more on that.

      -- Sandro
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