[thought on RESTful WS] the analogy of OSI vs TCP/IP
posted 9 years ago
I'm not sure that I can communicate this thought so early in the morning, but...
Back in school, I remember a parallel being drawn between the OSI model of networking and the TCP/IP model. OSI was much more academic and formal with its famous 7 layered architecture; the TCP/IP model was tighter and seemed more pragmatic.
Not in terms of bits and bytes, but rather in terms of abstract complexity, I wonder if we are seeing the same thing with "big WS" versus REST. The big WS camp seems a bit like OSI: many layers and somewhat bloated. The REST style reminds me of TCP/IP: lean, mean, and pragmatic. Very much in harmony with the underlying HTTP technology, yes? Big WS smacks of "Corba over the web".