[uf-rest] RE: Singular and plurals in URLs
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Wed Jun 14 15:20:31 PDT 2006
On Jun 13, 2006, at 3:22 PM, David Heinemeier Hansson wrote:
>> I've not used any of these solutions in any significant way, but I
>> a strict hierarchy, having run into problems with them in the
>> past. It
>> seems the point of hypertext to provide flexibility at runtime.
> For machine-parsing, introspection documents and links are probably
> fine. For humans, less so. Simply Restful is attempting to make the
> same URLs usable by many different clients. Humans, machines, XML,
> HTML, etc.
> But it would certainly be nice to have both.
Right. Having a universal convention is a *great* thing to have, for
humans, but it isn't sufficient. There *also* needs to be a way to -
discover- which URLs to use for different operations. Fortunately,
most of the time, Rails does a pretty good job of providing such
navigation hints (since they're needed for human navigation, after
all). We might want to agree on a better way to label them, though:
Oddly, the one place they're missing is where *I* would find them
most useful: the home page. AFAIK, the default Rails app doesn't
provide a trivial way to discover the different Model objects (and
corresponding URL hierarchy).
Is that structurally disallowed, David, or something we could/should
submit a patch for? It can't be because you don't want dynamic
content there, since in Rails 1.0 it now has a "statistics" field.
Why not a similar field for "known models"?
-- Ernie P.
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