Re: Is Resource/Representation a fruitful abstraction?
Mike Champion wrote, > Clearly one *can* use the discipline of "Resource Oriented > Programming" (I believe the phrase is Paul Prescod's) to do > interesting things, as Tim has done. My skepticism kicks in when one > asserts that this is *the* architecture of the Web rather than *an* > architecture within which one can do useful things with the Web. > Furthermore, the extent to which Resource Oriented Programming and/or > REST is a best practice for the Web seems to be an open empirical > question; I'd like to see it addressed empirically, i.e. do RESTfully > correct sites tend to be more "successful" in some measureable way > than are those that don't appear to use its principles? Violent agreement here. I also think that "Resource Oriented Programming", or something similar, is a useful design methodology or organizing principle. But that's _all_ it is, and like you I see no reason why it should be promoted at the expense of all other methodologies or organizing principles. Cheers, Miles
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