REST, hypertext and failed APIs

2008-10-20 @ 10:19#
subbu notes that Roy's recent post explaining REST has caused a stir in 'the force' [grin].

reading this reminds me why i built exyus and why REST is the best way to implement massively-scaled, widely-distributed applications over the Internet.

while it's true that more Web-based apps are seeing the value in offering an HTTP-based API (not just SOAP, etc.), few are actually adhering to the details of Fielding's 2000 dissertation on the subject. not because they are lazy, but because implementing the full HTTP/REST pattern is not easy. really important stuff rarely is.

hypertext links - FTW!