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Re: whenToUseGet-7 Making SOAP Restful

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 11:29:55 -0700
Cc: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Message-Id: <70C9D8CC-587A-11D6-B7FF-000A27836A68@mnot.net>

[ changed the venue from tag to dist-app ]

On Thursday, April 25, 2002, at 09:57  AM, Paul Prescod wrote:
> I think that a true solution to this problem would allow digital
> signatures, authentication, transaction control, etc. to be encoded in
> an HTTP message, no matter WHAT the method.
> *If users must choose between HTTP's features and SOAP's, then we have
> failed (at least in part).*

Are you familiar with "binding features"; i.e., the concept that things 
that are provided by the underlying protocol (e.g., HTTP authentication, 
etc.) can be used in this fashion, and exposed to SOAP nodes?

> One nit is that I am not entirely comfortable with my own promotion of
> the term "REST" in the sense that I think its meaning is likely more
> subtle than most of us understand. I think the goal of this part of our
> discussion is to make SOAP fully URI-compatible.

I'd very much like to know what the overall goals are. From reading 
www-tag, my sense of what people want goes from "don't abuse HTTP" to 
"use URIs correctly" to "rearchitect SOAP completely so that it is 
RESTful". These are different things.

Mark Nottingham
Received on Thursday, 25 April 2002 14:30:00 UTC

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