UWS as a REST protocol
dburke at cfa.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 26 13:00:42 PST 2007
On Feb 26, 2007, at 2:32 PM, Doug Tody wrote:
> Hi All -
> This sounds very promising, I'm all for it (but you knew I was going to
> say that right?).
> On Mon, 26 Feb 2007, Matthew Graham wrote:
>> If we are going down this path then I want to strongly reiterate (to
>> this group and other IVOA groups) that we do it properly, i.e. pure
>> interfaces and not the half-baked "well, it uses HTTP GET and verbs"
>> that a lot of people mean by REST.
> Actually, it is not all that easy to determine what REST really means.
> I think it is REST so long as GET URLs are reasonably persistent, are
> cacheable, and do not cause side-effects. This does not necessarily
> mean that we cannot have GET URLs which contain parameters (e.g., a DAL
> access reference). I have no problem with using POST for anything
> causes side-affects, or for passing data elements.
> - Doug
Well, I've just been reading about STREST , to add yet more
acronym-induced confusion to the whole "what is REST" discussion 
(and to whether it actually is different to REST ).
A different Doug
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