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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

REST vs. SOAP

Here is an article discusses the limit of REST:

http://webservices.xml.com/pub/a/ws/2002/02/20/rest.html?page=4

I quote some of the points:

“The biggest problem most will have with REST is that it requires you to rethink your problem in terms of manipulations of addressable resources instead of method calls to a component. Of course you may actually implement it on the server side however you want. But the API you communicate to your clients should be in terms of HTTP manipulations on XML documents addressed by URIs, not in terms of method calls with parameters.”

1 Comments:

  • Seems right. But you know how this makes me feel?

    Exactly like the AI folks who failed to convince us for the last 20 years, and now they hop on the Semantic Web trying to fool us into thinking that they didn't go through a 20 years long failed attempt.


    This feels quite a bit like the CORBA people who basically failed but other but somewhat similar reasons, and now they are doing it all over again with SOAP and hope we will forget about the problems with CORBA.

    Now, I don't know for a fact that SOAP is to CORBA what Semantic Web is to AI, but if so, then SOAP will fail miserably. I don't care about "adoption". CORBA was widely "adopted" by just about every large corporation, and yet, if you ever tried to use it, you know it was a failure.

    It feels to me like people are throwing all the same arguments behind SOAP as they did for CORBA.

    By Blogger Daniel Lemire, at 6:17 AM  

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