Technology Buzzwords and marketing

What’s in a name? Obviously lots and sometimes the name is all people latch on to – as a hook to hang ideas on, or a buzz word to surf the latest trend.

While checking out some videos at the Google developer site I noticed very different views of what was important about RESTful web services:

  • in REST version 1 = its simple XML over HTTP (not SOAP)
  • in REST version 2 = its HTTP over a network (with benefits of a layered approach, caching etc)

While in my version of REST, its all in the URLs and the logical, modular design of services.  You could say it doesn’t matter (too much!) who’s right as in the absence of locked down definitions they are all valid points of view.  However, we do need people who can dig behind the marketing hype.

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