WS-WTF

November 19, 2007

Thinking about interoperability last week I realised that in developing anti-RESTful works-despite-the-web applications, I quite possibly did human progress more harm than good. I wasn’t the worst, by a long chalk, but it made me feel baneful.

Toby provided a tonic: How do you know when you’re solving the wrong problem? When your solution involves a 133 page standard with a section entitled “Human Task Behavior and State Transitions”, just to allow a system to give tasks to people.

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2 Responses to “WS-WTF”

  1. baoilleach Says:

    This week I’ve been mostly reading O’Reilly’s “RESTful Web Services” (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596529260/). It touts itself as the first book on the topic, designed to clear confusion and suggest some guidelines. It’s actually pretty good, in you’re interested in this sort of thing (as I am at the moment). There’s a bit of repetition of the main points, but this is a good thing. Examples are illustrated with Rails, Django and Restlet, but it’s not necessary to know all of these to appreciate the content.


  2. […] quote. This time, from Jim Downing: How do you know when you’re solving the wrong problem? When your solution involves a 133 page […]


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