REST constraints, not style

2007-11-28 @ 04:24#

been watching (and re-watching) a nice presentation on REST by Roy T Fielding (the author of the REST dissertation). it's the first time i've seen him live and it has been enlightening. probably the most valuable info i am getting from this talk is that REST is (at root) a set of design constraints. nothing more, nothing less. and that's a good thing.

i find myself thinking more about the reason for the the constraints instead of mentally defending them as if they were a set of immutable laws. makes more sense to me to do it this way. i'm thinking about the reason the constraint is there and the advantages lost when you violate the constraint in your implementations.

it's got me thinking - and that's a good thing, too.