Monthly Archives: September 2004


Well, those new specs sure got a thorough thrashing, although perhaps indirectly. Tim Bray and Sean Mcgrath sum it all up for me, as usual.

Why namespaces don’t replace media types

<html xsl:version=”1.0″ xmlns:xsl=”” xmlns=””> <head> <title>Expense Report Summary</title> </head> <body> <p>Total Amount: <xsl:value-of select=”expense-report/total”/></p> </body> </html> (reference) Update; ok, for the two of you that missed my point, that document is both an XHTML document and an XSLT 1.0 stylesheet. All the root namespace tells you is, well, the root namespace. The actual type is… Read More »


As previously suspected, it seems WS-Transfer is missing POST because of an attempt to limit it to CRUD semantics. From the latest MS whitepaper; A factory is a Web service that can create a resource from its XML representation. WS-Transfer introduces operations that create, update, retrieve and delete resources.

WS-Transfer; the WS-* stack grabs a clue, sort of

It’s been a long time coming, but the Web services stack finally catches up to where the Web was 15 years ago, and where email was 20 years before that; exchanging documents over the Internet. Happy days! <groan/> Facetiousness aside though, it’s unfortunate that the layering is still so butchered; WS-Transfer just reinvents HTTP on… Read More »

Toogle Image Search

Googles for images, converts to ascii art using only the search word. Funky. Integration of distributed components, REST-style. (link) []

Google seeks RESTafarians?

Try searching Google for “soap rest” What’s interesting isn’t the results, it’s the sponsored link; a pointer to an opening on the Google team. Similar searches for “soap java” and “soap” don’t show the same link. Hmm, I wonder what prompted that? Or maybe I just don’t understand how AdWords works.

Dave Orchard on the Semantic Web

Kudos to Dave for pulling up his socks and discovering what Semantic Web technologies have to offer first hand – you know, all that wonderful extensible goodness I’ve been going on about after discovering it for myself. He talks about a perceived problem here … In order to prevent an area code, I need to… Read More »

Complexity in the name of simplicity

From Paul Krill, on the topic of Web services; There must be a way to simplify all this because it surely is going to be a tough task for vendors and enterprises to support all this complexity in the name of simplificity[sic] There is a way, Paul. A stack built upon the Web itself.