Tag Archives: webservices

WSO2 doesn’t get it

I like how news of Sam and Leonard’s REST book is kicking off a new REST/SOAP thread. This time though, it seems the tables are turned and it’s the Web services proponents who are having to defend their preferred architectural style, rather than other way around. It’s about freakin’ time! I’m kinda tuckered 8-O Sanjiva… Read More »

Whither the W3C?

Damn, if the W3C can’t get the browser based Web right, and is home to the core standards that make up WS-Deathstar, it makes one wonder if they’re really the organization best suited to “Lead the Web to its full potential”. IMO, all of the problems mentioned at those links would vanish if only the… Read More »

The unsittable fence

Mark Little explains why he’s a proud fence sitter in the REST vs. WS-* debate; I’ve never believed in the one-size fits all argument; REST has simplicity/manageability to offer in certain circumstances and WS-* works better in others. As far as distributed internet-based computing is concerned, REST is probably closer to Mac OS X and… Read More »

URIs and HTTP; the epoxy of the Web

Sam Ruby writes; The very notion of a link has become practically inexpressible and virtually unthinkable in the vernacular of SOA. That’s an awesome soundbite, but I don’t think that’s the (whole) problem because SOA/WS does have links, they’re called EPRs. But what SOA doesn’t offer, is a uniform interface for the targets of those… Read More »

Standards as axioms

An important, nay, foundational part of my mental model for how Internet scale systems work (and many other things, in fact), is that I view standards as axioms. In linear algebra, there’s the concept of span, which is, effectively, a function that takes a set of vectors as input, and yields the vector space spanned… 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 »