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Re: Email and the Web

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 11:10:39 -0400
To: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020701111038.Q3560@www.markbaker.ca>

On Mon, Jul 01, 2002 at 09:53:59AM +0100, Miles Sabin wrote:
> 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.

I've never claimed it's the only way to go.  I *have* claimed it is the
most general distributed architecture ever created, and I stand by that

But since we're talking about other systems like email, DNS, etc.. I
must point out that *all* successful systems on the Internet define
their methods a priori.

Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
http://www.markbaker.ca        http://www.idokorro.com
Received on Monday, 1 July 2002 10:59:53 UTC

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