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Re: Requesting WSDL Files

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 14:09:46 -0400
To: David Orchard <dorchard@bea.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20040706180946.GF22429@markbaker.ca>

On Tue, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:22:58AM -0700, David Orchard wrote:
> I strongly disagree that normatively specifying a convention for client-side construction of URIs is any ways not restful.

Me too.

> > It certainly uses a uniform method (GET), which is great.  But as I
> > tried to describe below, having a convention whereby one needs to
> > append "?wsdl" to a Web service URI is not RESTful since it doesn't
> > respect the "hypermedia as the engine of application state" 
> > constraint.

By "convention" I specifically meant the "?wsdl" bit, not a framework
with which "?wsdl" could be constructed (which I believe is RESTful,
since I've designed one[1] for automata).  So even if there was a
WS-spec which instructed clients to append '?wsdl' to a Web service URI
to yield a URI identifying the WSDL, that wouldn't be RESTful.
Consider, for example, that Google wouldn't be able to find those
WSDL documents, since it doesn't know of that convention.

 [1] http://www.markbaker.ca/2003/05/RDF-Forms/

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca

  Seeking work on large scale application/data integration projects
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