RE: REST as RPC done right
Yes it would but perhaps not as we know it. That's Monday night quarterbacking. But we already knew how to genCode and Unix pathnames existed before anyone called them names. Running code that resolved the stuff behind http:// made the difference, you are right. Hypertext systems have a long long history. I was rather glad to see Dr. Charles Goldfarb on TechTV ScreenSavers two nights ago, happy to see Yuri arrange an award for Engelbart a year or so after I castigated the SGML conference attendees for ignoring Doug. We are beholden to history and we should respect it. Then move on. An unlimited view of hypertext is not the same as a realistic one. I think TimBL has a realistic view until I see quotations like that. If that is from Tim, he really should get out more. The history of the Web is a corrupt history not because those who made it tried to corrupt it, but because they didn't seem to care as long as their system won. They could always clean up later. Sometimes, later is too late. That is exactly why we are debating REST. Do you think we should simply let the W3C web service specifications go forward without a debate on it being a too limited view or too broad? Of course you don't. And we haven't. You are winning a lot of converts out here, but the code is on the loading docks and it is not as Leigh's article suggests, that we are content to let it fall apart later, but that just as we in the SGML industry had to face up to the reality of HTML ubiquity, we may not have a choice. It is the same problem in both cases: a limited system with an unlimited vision. Hubris. Hubris isn't a sin. It's a mistake. We can learn from mistakes. Sin, we just try not to get caught at. :-) len -----Original Message----- From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@p...] I can't see how the computing landscape would be better if Tim Berners-Lee had taken a more limited view of what hypertext is. The Web as we know it would not exist. Hubris may be a sin but it is also necessary to build the most general and powerful systems.
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