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Re: What is a SOAP Message

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 22:55:57 -0500
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030219225557.V8837@www.markbaker.ca>

Thanks Roy, but one question of clarification ...

On Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 06:15:53PM -0800, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> So, yes, any payload of an HTTP message is a representation of
> something,

Can I assume that should be qualified with "except where the payload
carries an action that is expected to occur"?  That is, that if I POST
"add(3)" to a URI with the expectation that the number 3 will be added
to the current state of the resource, that "add(3)" is not a
representation in this case?

This would be in constrast to POSTing "add(3)" with no expectation of
any addition operation (or any other) taking place, in which case it
would be a representation.

You seem to suggest this when you say "actions are defined by methods",
but then your summation doesn't make that distinction.  I'm just trying
to be thorough in the hopes that this will put this issue to rest (pun
intended 8-).

Thanks again.

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
Web architecture consulting, technical reports, evaluation & analysis
Received on Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:53:06 UTC

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