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Re: Proposal for work on an efficient, browser-friendly, HTTP-based communication protocol for fine-grained information exchange

From: David Nuescheler <david@day.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:58:58 +0200
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To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Hi All,

Julian and I (and occasionally many others) have been discussing a
development effort like this for quite while.
I was involved in mapping the scope of WebDAV (and friends) into a
Java API called JCR[1][2][3] (on which for example Geoff, Julian and
Roy participated) and due to my Day[4] job (pun intended) I find
myself very often in a situation where I need have a standard
web-browser or client-sided web-application interact with a server to
exchange fine-grained information.

Thanks a lot to everybody for all the comments and input.

I guess my main take from this is that I completely agree that we need
to separate the "model"-conversation from the

I would like to mention though that in my mind the goal of making this
effort relevant, efficient and simple is extremely important as well.
While I appreciate that the separation of the discussions, I would
like to volunteer to work on bindings to a JSON + PATCH (multipart
POST) very early on in the process and keep it in sync with the model
as a living set of examples for the interaction with the more abstract
model, to ensure that we keep things practical.

I think there are of a large number of very similar, JSON/POST-based
"protocols" that are defined in an ad-hoc manner by developers. So
there should be quite a bit of experience out there, that can help us
gauge the importance some of requirements fairly quickly. I think if
we manage to take the combined the experience from WebDAV, AtomPub and
JCR (and possibly more domain specific efforts like CMIS) in terms of
the overall scope and the initial relevance of certain features we
should be in great shape.


[1] http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=170
[2] http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=283
[3] http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=333
[4] http://www.day.com

David Nuescheler
Chief Technology Officer
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