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Re: Email and the Web

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 09:53:59 +0100
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-Id: <200207010953.59328.miles@milessabin.com>

Mark Baker wrote,
> On Sun, Jun 30, 2002 at 06:16:17PM -0700, Edwin Khodabakchian wrote:
> > Mark,
> >
> > In you view is email as an application compliant with the Web
> > Architecture?
>
> No.  But email can be implemented using the architecture of the Web.
> The reverse is not the case though.

I think Edwins point here is that email (and I'd add DNS) is at least as 
ubiquitous and robust as the HTTP/hypertext web, hence that REST isn't 
the only successful model we have for internet scale architectures. DNS 
illustrates the point particularly clearly given that HTTP, the only 
widely deployed implementation of REST, rests (no pun intended) on DNS 
as one of it's essential foundations (ie. HTTP/REST can't be any more 
ubiquitous and robust than DNS).

It's one thing to observe that internet scale CORBA hasn't been terribly 
successful in the past. It's quite another to claim that this implies 
that REST is the only way to go.

Cheers,


Miles
Received on Monday, 1 July 2002 04:54:30 GMT

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