Monthly Archives: December 2002

Hypermedia Workflow

I’ve written a draft note on how I see REST’s hypermedia application model relating to workflow/process-execution/choreography/orchestration/etc.. My conclusion; we don’t need these specs, because we should just be following URIs.

SOAP goes CR

Congratulations to the XML Protocol WG. The end is near! 8-) SOAP 1.2, Part 0: Primer SOAP 1.2, Part 1: Messaging Framework SOAP 1.2, Part 2: Adjuncts

Blogger For Hire

Phil Wolff critiques my resumé, and apparently likes what he sees. Thanks, Phil. How nice is that? Of course, I promptly patched it in response to the two very valid nits he had. The job hunt is going well, actually. It started slowly, but is picking up steam. Just received an offer out of the… Read More »

Spontaneous Integration

Jon Udell asks three questions about the spontaneous integration observed in his LibraryLookup project. I’ll take a stab at answering them. Why was this unexpected?. Because it wasn’t planned. 8-) In what environment would it be taken for granted?. I’d say that any environment in which it was both possible and simple. How do we… Read More »

Hype over Office 11 XML

I’ve got to agree with Sam and CNet. I just can’t get too excited about Office 11 and its XML support. XML is syntax, a context free grammar. Standardized syntaxes are wonderful, but heck, it’s just syntax. And while a published schema would describe some data semantics, it would still leave loads of wiggle room… Read More »

SOAP and PUT don’t mix

Sam thinks good thoughts about how to use RESTful SOAP as a Blogger API. Nice. But there’s an important issue with SOAP and PUT. Unlike POST, PUT means “store”, and as such its processing model doesn’t provide a hook into which an additional processing model (i.e. SOAP) can be introduced. An intermediary or message processor… Read More »

InternetWeek REST Article

InternetWeek published an article about REST as a different approach to Web services today. Some good stuff, but the conclusion of the article misses the point. Perhaps this point doesn’t get made enough (hah! 8-), but not only is REST is an alternate approach to building Web services, it’s superior in almost any measurable way… Read More »

Why Wasn’t the Web Built on FTP?

Dave Winer points to an interesting question from Daniel Berlinger; Why wasn’t the Web built on FTP? This, and related ones such as “Could the Web have been built on FTP?”, or even “Why did the Web win, and not Gopher?”, are excellent questions with really interesting answers that expose historical, political, and technical aspects… Read More »