November 15, 2006 | co.mments
Ian Foster: "When I first met Web fundamentalists, I found them irritating, because they would not debate on technical grounds. However, they have ultimately proved to be entertaining."
One of the curious things about REST design is that it's *not* absolutist. It clearly demarcates a problem space. It identifies characteristics (aka design decisions) that result in what Fielding and others believe to be an optimal design. If there is a general purpose lesson to be learned from the REST style, it's this - understand the problem space, and then apply a principled design to it.
Much more interesting is why the Grid has cycled its core specifications in the last few years - first OSGI, now WSRF. Here's an alternative view: 5 years from now, Grid services that are not already on Web will be based on instant messaging, and XMPP/Atom/RDF will be the key Grid transfer protocols and formats.
November 15, 2006 12:29 AM
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