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6582Re: [rest-discuss] Seeking feedback on the Blinksale API

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  • Nic James Ferrier
    Oct 1, 2006
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      Stefan Tilkov <stefan.tilkov@...> writes:

      > On Sep 30, 2006, at 9:00 AM, Benjamin Carlyle wrote:
      >
      >> Well, you aren't really being RESTful unless your content type is
      >> standard.
      >
      > Mark made this argument to me as well (http://www.infoq.com/articles/
      > mark-baker-REST), and it still leaves me puzzled. If this is really
      > accepted common wisdom, almost all examples of RESTful apps I'm aware
      > of, and most articles (including e.g. the excellent one at http://
      > www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/12/01/restful-web.html from Joe Gregorio) do
      > not, in fact, describe RESTful applications.

      It's nonsense I'm affraid. Lots of REST applications are built with
      simple XML; many examples are with simple XML; lots of other apps are
      with twisted or simplified forms of other standards, eg: over
      simplified HTML or RSS.

      Most browsers display XML of course, so it's still possible to
      interact with simple XML based services with a browser.


      > Or should we view REST as an ideal and a RESTful app as one that
      > tries to come as close to it as possible?

      I don't think is true at all.

      But it's also well understood that reuse is better than reinvention so
      it's a good idea to use existing formats.

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      Nic Ferrier
      http://www.tapsellferrier.co.uk for all your tapsell ferrier needs
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