3654Re: [rest-discuss] Why do I care about visibility?
- May 1, 2003Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>>>I've been trying to get my mind around exactly what visibility means[. . .]
>>>why its important to REST. I think I have a vague sense of what it
>>>but I'm not sure I understand why its important. I took a look at
>>>Fielding's thesis, but I didn't see much at all on visibility.
>>What it said was pretty good though, even just this sentence;
>>"Visibility in this case refers to the ability of a component to
>>or mediate the interaction between two other components. "
>Why it's important? Hmm...
>There are several places where it comes into play:
So is it fair to say that visibility is about a third party's ability to
understand the intent or meaning of a message or an interaction? And
increasing visibility is about making it as easy as possible for a third
party to figure out the intent/meaining of a message?
Also, does visibility imply the ability of any arbitrary third party to
understand a message, or does it just mean the ability for some
particular third party to be able to understand the message. In other
words, is visibility, to a ceratin extent, application specific (and by
application I dont mean HTTP, I mean my particular web app built on top
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