[uf-rest] Implementation Experience?

Jim Culbert jim at culbert.net
Fri Sep 15 13:46:19 PDT 2006

I'm working with a client on exposing their services to "consumers". They're a large telco and they have lots of folks that want to call into their backend system interfaces. A large group of folks who are clamoring for access to the IT systems are presentation oriented consumers - talented web developers that want to create accounts, display order status and various other things. They don't grok XML well but can work miracles with javascript, css, and dom manipulation. 
For these customers, I've proposed:
1) No complex request protocol, use what they know, go with puts, gets qstrings and form variables. Do the REST thing.
2) HTML payloads. Since the target is presentation oriented why rotate to data then back to presentation especially when the consumer is better at working with html?
Now I"m trying to make it work.
A lot of what these guys do is contact and scheduling oriented so I have proposed and prototyped moving hCard and hCalendar data around for a number of services as our data contract with the consumer. The approach is looking promising.
I'm now getting into the nitty grit (error handline, state management) and was wondering if anyone else has been down this path already and if they're willing to share insights.
I'm new to the list and haven't read the full archive yet, so my appologies if this has been hashed out.
Jim Culbert
Culbert Information Associates
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