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REST for the web is a bit like that

REST for the web is a bit like that

Posted Jun 6, 2005 16:53 UTC (Mon) by stfn (guest, #30357)
Parent article: A filesystem from Plan 9 space

The design philosophy shares something with the recently popular "REpresentational State Transfer" style of web services. They each chose one unifying metaphor and a minimal interface: either everything is a file and accessed through file system calls, or everything is a resource and accessed through HTTP methods on a URL.

That might be a naive simplification* but other have observed the same:

http://www.xent.com/pipermail/fork/2001-August/002801.html
http://rest.blueoxen.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?RestArchitectura...

* It's only one aspect of the design and, on the other hand, there's all kinds of caching in the web and URIs if not URLs are meant to form a global namespace that all users share.


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