Monthly Archives: October 2003

Things I don’t know about the Web

And now for something completely different … I thought it might help my cause for me to admit that I’m only human (yes, I’m not really a know-it-all!), and that there remain things about REST and Web architecture that I don’t understand (including those things that I don’t even understand that I don’t understand 8-).… Read More »


A proposal of mine was recently accepted by the RDF Core WG which IMO, will help explain what RDF is for to a lot of people who don’t yet understand the important role it plays in the World Wide Web project. I believe this because I’ve used the RDF it permits, to successfully explain what… Read More »

Amazon/Microsoft; "available for download"

I’m sure everybody’s seen the Amazon/Microsoft announcement about buying books through Powerpoint by now. Did you notice this bit? The solution, called Research Services for Microsoft Office System, will be available for download in the Office Marketplace at no additional charge later this fall. Oh goody, so now I’ve got to download a new… Read More »

"Web" abuse

Here’s an interesting project, Sensor Web; Sensor Web is a web-centric, open, interconnected, intelligent and dynamic network of sensors. It presents an entirely new vision towards the way we deploy our sensors, the way we collect the data, the way we fuse and distribute the information. Alright, I thought, some Web fans who aren’t afraid… Read More »

Late binding

Mark Nottingham responds to my suggestion that “REST = SOA + late binding”; […] While I see the truth in this, I think it’s pretty orthogonal, and it’s not that compelling for most SOAish folks. This is because their use cases are machines talking to machines, not people talking to machines. In Web browsing, this… Read More »

Understatement of the year nominee

In a report on Web services tools, PC Magazine‘s Robert P. Lipschutz writes; Data-based strategies such as Roy Fielding’s REST (REpresentation State Transfer) replace SOAP and put the content, Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs), and XML at the center of the equation. It’s too early to make the call on REST, but don’t rule this option… Read More »

More on REST vs. SOA; who’s more loosely coupled?

Doug, anticipating my response, promptly responds. He brings up the “identification vs. location” issue, which I agree remains a point of contention between many (though the Web wizards are all in agreement on this one, at least 8-). But we’ve already been there, and I don’t think I could explain my position much better than… Read More »

Adam Bosworth on disconnected networking

Another excellent piece by Adam, this time on disconnected operation. He writes; This model is profoundly different than the normal browser. Well, different, but not “profoundly” different. But keep in mind that REST is more than just what is seen through a browser. It’s simply data transfer. What he describes there is an architecture which… Read More »

SOAs are more loosely coupled than REST?

Doug Kaye writes, in reference to a list which places REST before SOA; It also tracks the scales of tight-to-loose coupling and the availability of supporting technologies. (suggesting that SOA is more loosely coupled than REST) I don’t have much of a feel about how loosely coupled “Orchestration” is, but I do know that REST… Read More »