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Re: REST; good for humans and machines

From: Christopher B Ferris <chrisfer@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 08:42:00 -0500
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
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+1

Christopher Ferris
Architect, Emerging e-business Industry Architecture
email: chrisfer@us.ibm.com
phone: +1 508 234 3624

www-ws-arch-request@w3.org wrote on 01/05/2003 02:21:49 PM:

> 
> +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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