Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Programmable Web and protocol

Some common web API design patterns are discussed by Raymond and Leigh. Following my previous blog, I am thinking there are different requirements in designing service and protocol. When writing a service, one has control of all resources and has the luxury of making everything clean and right, including all kinds of error processing, so no ambiguity here. While working on a protocol, perhaps it's ok to get minimal correct because one don't have control of all resources.

So perhaps this may help explain the difference between programmable web and Atom publishing protocol, and why Atom dropped detailed status code between 0.2
and 0.4

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