On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Aristotle Pagaltzis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > * Zbigniew Lukasiak <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [2008-05-16 06:25]: >> Hmm - frankly I have never thought out REST entirely - but I >> have the feeling that it is always better to be cautious (and >> you know - be liberal in what you receive). > > It's like Turing completeness: you can do everything RESTfully > that you can do in any other way, you just have to model the > problem in a way that fits the constraints. REST doesn't restrict > what you can achieve at all, it just imposes some requirements on > how you go about it. > >> Some ideas top of my head: >> >> - a login method (the advantage would be that it does not need to redirect) > > I'm not sure I follow. You mean you want to have something like > `/api/rest/cd/login`? And how do you avoid redirecting from that > if you have `login` in the URI, which isn't where the client > needs to be looking at?
Yeah - I think you are right, that was just a quick one. > >> - a search > > I tend to prefer expressing searches with query parameters… hm. I understand that what you propose is '/cd?year=1968', is that right? I really don't know - but some people would prefer to do the search by POST, or might just like to have the uri as '/cd/search?year=1968'. > >> - exposing some class data (as opposed to instance data) and >> maybe class methods? > > Example? I can't quite imagine what you would want to do here. Hmm - how about a help screen - conveniently at '/cd/help'? In short I think '/cd/instance/1' style of URIs is less interferring with how people think about structuring their uris. If you do '/cd/1' then you force them to choose one way of doing everything - even if it is a Turing complete way and you can do everything in that style. -- Zbigniew Lukasiak http://brudnopis.blogspot.com/
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