Title: RESTful Web Services
Author: Leonard Richardson, Sam Ruby
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Keywords: programming, web services, REST
Reading period: 22 August-8 September 2007
Anyone who has attempted to build a Web Service
has come away scarred by the complexity of all the WS-* standards.
Heavyweight standards that in many ways reinvent
earlier distributed object technologies like CORBA and DCOM,
providing Remote Procedure Calls over HTTP.
The promised interoperability hasn't really happened:
a web service built with one stack of tools may or may not be
consumable by another stack.
A movement has arisen in the last few years,
arguing for RESTful Web Services:
lighterweight services built on top …continue.
My first project at Cozi is to build a simple REST-style Web Service.
Nobody here has done that before.
The first thing that I'm trying to get going is a simple URL rewriter,
using an ASP.NET HttpModule.
I'm running Vista as my development desktop for the first time.
So far, not bad, but there are lots of new quirks to get used to.
I've been a good boy so far and I've left the User Access Control stuff enabled,
so that I'm not running with administrative privileges by default.
It's my first exposure to IIS 7.
I must say that the IIS UI is much improved
(a low bar to …continue.