[uf-discuss] "Casual Web Services" and Well Designed Urls [uf-rest]

Etan Wexler ewexler at stickdog.com
Sun Oct 15 00:56:32 PDT 2006

Mike Schinkel wrote to Microformats Discuss:

> Since the URL structure of a REST-based web services typically becomes
> an important part of the API, HTML web pages will need Well Designed Urls in
> order to operate effectively as REST-based web services.

REST does not permit programmatic construction of URIs in which the
construction uses of out-of-band knowledge and bits of data. Read
sections 5.1.5 (“Uniform Interface”,

and 5.2.1 (“Data Elements”,

of “Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software
Architectures”. Particularly, REST relies on hypermedia as the engine of
application state, while constructing URIs violates this constraint.

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