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Inventing the Post-Web World
The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and
Web Services Conference

Washington, D.C. -- November 5-8, 2001
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RPC -- Give it a REST!

Rael Dornfest, Founder and CEO, Values of n, Inc.
Mark Baker, Principal, Coactus Consulting
Sergei Osokin
Clay Shirky, Decentralization Writer/Consultant, shirky.com

Track: Overview/Infrastructure
Date: Tuesday, November 06
Time: 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Location: Washington Ballroom

REST (REpresentational State Transfer) distills the Web's architecture into a general framework. The Web succeeded by defining a small but expressive set of methods -- GET, POST, etc -- that can act on an unlimited set of resources, represented as URLs. The resulting system is stateless, loosely coupled, and scales better than RPC implementations such as DCOM, CORBA, and RMI. What does REST mean for Web Services? Does REST describe a way for building intra- and inter-application communication that is as flexible as the Web itself, while avoiding the brittleness and coordination costs of RPC?

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