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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Fail on a simple case on replication
Date Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:08:55 GMT

On 24 Feb 2009, at 12:54, Antony Blakey wrote:

> On 24/02/2009, at 10:11 PM, Robert Dionne wrote:
>> I read this thesis ages ago, and technically you are correct, if  
>> somewhat pedantic. I think CouchDB captures the just of being REST- 
>> ful and certainly from a marketing perspective it's timely.
> That's why I say it's a marketing issue. Surely we shouldn't copy  
> Microsoft's marketing tactics and deliberately misuse a term for  
> marketing reasons. The site should say 'HTTP API'.
>> When I mention to potential customers that CouchDB database are  
>> accessed with URIs they say "oh it uses this new REST stuff,  
>> cool".  Often we have little choice over how the world takes an  
>> idea and runs with it.
> But we don't have to be complicit. And remember this isn't about the  
> world taking an *idea*. It's about people wanting a cool label to  
> stick on their project, even if the label doesn't fit.
> What term would you suggest for a service that fulfills Fielding's  
> definition? Certainly the benefits of being 'RESTful' according to  
> his definition don't flow on to CouchDB, because it's NOT actually  
> RESTful.

Yes, you were right, let's not fire up this argument.

Sorry for the noise.


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