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RE: A viewpoint on harvesting REST

From: Hao He <Hao.He@thomson.com.au>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 17:24:10 +1000
Message-ID: <686B9E7C8AA57A45AE8DDCC5A81596AB019ED8A9@sydthqems01.INT.TISA.COM.AU>
To: "'Mark Hapner'" <mark.hapner@sun.com>, ws-arch-public <www-ws-arch@w3.org>

A conclusion:

There is no technical reason why Soap cannot embrace and extend the 
existing web. It should; and, WSAWG should reinforce its commitment to 
this goal.

<hh>There is a fundamental difference here between RPC (SOAP/WSDL is biased
towards RPC) and REST. With RPC, state is internal and semantics are
embedded in various method names and arguments.  With REST, state is
external (can be GET) and semantics are carried by URIs and their
representations. (The verb-vs-noun arguments.) Unless there is a
reconciliation between those two, the gap is quite wide. A simple solution
might be giving up RPC in SOAP/WSDL altogether but lots of people will cry.


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