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RE: REST, Conversations and Reliability

From: Burdett, David <david.burdett@commerceone.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 09:04:16 -0700
Message-ID: <C1E0143CD365A445A4417083BF6F42CC053D1009@C1plenaexm07.commerceone.com>
To: "'Paul Prescod'" <paul@prescod.net>
Cc: David Orchard <dorchard@bea.com>, www-ws-arch@w3.org


I care greatly about technical quality, however I care more about success.
Betamax was better, technically than VHS, but it did not win. VHS worked
well enough for most people but it was more widely distributed so it won in
the market.

What's needed is something that meets the business need that developers can
then make work. It has to be good, it does not HAVE to be perfect.

So start with what already has traction, enhance it to meet the
"requirements", and only change it when a "critical" requirement is not met.

PS. I am not even going to try and define what is a requirement nor which of
them would be critical.

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@prescod.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 10:17 PM
To: Burdett, David
Cc: David Orchard; www-ws-arch@w3.org
Subject: Re: REST, Conversations and Reliability

"Burdett, David" wrote:
> This work group seems to be degenerating into a REST vs SOAP debate ...
> which is very, very sad ;(
> Judging by the conviction of people such as Paul below I am sure that REST
> can do all the things that SOAP can do. 

REST is an architectural style. SOAP is a syntax. The current SOAP
specification has quite reasonable support for the REST architectural

> They might even do them better - I don't really care.

Despite the fact that SOAP can be used by REST, I personally find it
disappointing to learn that there are member reps who are not motivated
by technical quality.
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