5260Re: [rest-discuss] REST requires HTTP or other transports
- Oct 5, 2005scottgregory wrote:
> Hello;HTTP is not a transport protocol. Abusing HTTP to serve as a transport
> Most of the discussion around REST that I can find refers to HTTP as
> the only transport used.
protocol is one of the things that can lead to people not taking
advantage of the RESTful nature of HTTP.
HTTP is not the only possible RESTful application protocol, indeed if we
were starting from scratch we could probably do better. However it's
development did go hand in hand with that of the REST style,
particularly the changes that led to HTTP1.1 being developped as a
successor to HTTP1.0.
Hence when we are talking about REST we are most often talking about
HTTP as the application protocol (with TCP/IP or perhaps a secure
transport protocol built on top of TCP/IP as the transport protocol) but
this is not necessarily the case.
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