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Re: REST; good for humans and machines

From: Geoff Arnold <Geoff.Arnold@Sun.COM>
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 14:21:49 -0500
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-id: <3E1885CD.8020506@sun.com>

+1 (more, actually)


> So, I'll clarify what I said earlier:  If the representations being passed
> around are being processed by humans, the REST interfaces are sufficient --
> they just have to deliver the information, and the human reads it (or fills
> out the form, or finds an appropriate hyperlink, or whatever).  If the
> representations are being processed by machines, additional interface
> constraints are necessary.  



> My contention is that it is the COMPLETE SPECIFICATION of the data passed in
> each direction that constitutes the "interface" to a web service, RESTfully
> or non-RESTfully, so it is misleading to say that REST provides a uniform
> interface for web services.
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