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[XML-SIG] Re: [rest-discuss] REST made more concrete still

I really like the idea of this - especially hashing things out via code...    (01)

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From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 4:57 PM
Subject: [rest-discuss] REST made more concrete still    (02)

> I had a much better idea of how to do static service declarations (as
>> per IDL or WSDL) for REST web services:
>> http://www.prescod.net/wrdl.html
>> It reflects the underlying Web Architecture much more clearly than my
>> old proposal did. It is consequently simpler.
>> It has first-class concepts of "resource", "representation", "method",
>> "input" and "output". Methods are HTTP methods like PUT, GET, DELETE,
>> YOURMETHOD. Inputs are like HTTP method inputs: headers, query params
>> and body (the URI is implied by the resource!). Outputs are like HTTP
>> outputs: status code, headers and body. Resources know what
>> representations they support and you can navigate from resource to
>> resource through hyperlinks without worrying about the XML or HTML
>> syntax of the representation (unless you want to). Following a hyperlink
>> is a type-safe operation.
>> That's about all the concepts in it.
>> A rough proposal for an API (Java-ish syntax to prove it isn't biased
>> towards dynamic languages) is provided. Everything is statically type
>> checked just as with IDL or WSDL. Of course in Python everything would
>> be done at runtime and thus save a build step.
>> When I implement it I think it will be a really cool tool. Until then, I
>> think it is a useful pedagogic tool for those working on REST Zen. If
>> *you* want to implement it before I get around to it, in whatever
>> language, please do. I'll work with you to clear up any fuzzy parts of
>> the spec.
>>  Paul Prescod
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