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REST; good for humans and machines

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 17:29:44 -0500
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030104172944.M12258@www.markbaker.ca>

(I removed Roy from the CC list)

On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 04:17:16PM -0800, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> Of course not.  The first Web system I created was MOMspider.  The
> libwww-perl and W3C libwww are primarily used by automata.  In fact,
> the only part of the Web that I haven't personally worked on is
> a browser.  Why on earth would I build such an assumption into REST?

That REST was believed for humans is, as I understand it, why Web
services were created in the first place.  If it's also for machines,
then what we've got here is two ways of solving the same problems.

At the very least, this should come as a surprise to the WSAWG, no?

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
Web architecture consulting, technical reports, evaluation & analysis
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