Jim Webber on Bogus REST Claims

, May 20, 2008

Jim has a nice set of answers to common REST questions/bogus claims -- some overlap with my own list, but good points:

  • REST is simple.
  • REST won't work in my situation.
  • REST is all about CRUD.
  • You can't do pub/sub with REST.
  • Apart from UDDI, all the WS-* specs are new solutions to real problems.
  • HTTP just maps to a database.
  • If-Modified-Since is less accurate than and ETag and If-None-Matches.
  • You only need to know 5 HTTP response codes: 200 304, 400, 404, and 500.