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Re: A REST challenge

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 19:28:14 +0100
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-Id: <200207161928.14263.miles@milessabin.com>

Mark Baker wrote,
> Francis McCabe wrote:
> > In addition you need two user
> > agents.  However, you now have a massive coordination and identity
> > problem since, at the level of business relationships, the web
> > service/user agent pairs are implementation artifacts that obscure
> > the fact that there is a single entity behind each.
>
> How so?  One could certainly implement it to give themselves these
> problems, but the architecture doesn't require it.

The identity issue crops up at your first step,

> An order document is transferred over POST, which includes a URI to
> which further correspondance should be sent.

What's to guarantee that the callback URI mentioned in the POST'ed 
document really corresponds to the POST'er?

In fairness, tho', I don't see that this is any less of a problem for 
non-RESTful bindings of SOAP to HTTP.

Cheers,


Miles
Received on Tuesday, 16 July 2002 14:28:46 GMT

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