RE: REST & types
Everything that can be done by a steam shovel can be done by human hands. Would you want to rebuild the Great Wall Of China as done originally? Again, without a precise definition of distributed hypermedia, that is hand waving. What you might want to say is that anything that can be done in distributed computing can be done with the REST architecture. Even then, it might not be the most efficient way to do it. Turing completeness is no guarantee of logistical efficiency (a broader system analysis that accounts for all aspects of the system design method, implementation, and human factors as well as costs). A lot of the arguments posed for REST seem to depend on programmers being lazy. So once again, we get arguments that the architecture should be designed for "the slowest runner". That is not how competition works. At the root of the web service and WSIO work is the realization that cooperative competition (sometimes called, "smart love") is what we cope with in the human side of this, and that the technology is just plumbing. len From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@a...] > Note that Roy explicitly talks about REST for "distributed hypermedia" > not for "distributed computing" in the general sense. Yup. But everything that can be done by distributed computing can be done by distributed hypermedia. It's complete.
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