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From Dan Diephouse <>
Subject Re: REST questions
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2006 03:39:58 GMT
Hi Steve,

Steve Vinoski wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> So far the CXF REST support is looking good. I have three questions 
> about where it might go next.
> 1. Can you explain in more detail how incoming data for a REST-style 
> request is mapped to the arguments that the resource implementation 
> receives, and how return values are mapped to responses?
Parameters in the resource name (i.e. "id" in /customers/{id}) get 
mapped to the corresponding schema element. For instance, if this is our 
<element name="getCustomer">
<element name="id" type="xsd:string"/>

Then the http binding will construct a Document with a getCustomer root 
element and create an <id> element with the {id} from the URI. So a GET 
to /customers/123 results in:

> 2. You've addressed the "verb" part of REST via the annotations, and 
> partly addressed the "noun" part via URI templates. Since REST 
> stresses "hypermedia as the engine of application state," have you any 
> plans to make it easy for resource implementations to obtain URIs for 
> other co-located resources, for example to enable resource 
> implementations to easily return documents containing URIs for those 
> other resources?
Yes! The question is do we need some formal notion for this? I.e. I 
could do:

@HttpHeader(name="NewURI") String addCustomer(Customer c) {
return "/customers/123"

Or you could return a document with the URI.

Two downsides with this though:
1. The host name isn't included (we could have interpolate when we see 
{host} if wanted...)
2. No way to really turn this around on the client side into something 
we can use to access the new customer easily.

> 3. Will you be doing anything in the CXF REST support to help a 
> resource handle multiple content-types, and if so, what?
Yes. We could use the XFire databinding library - Aegis - to do this. 
Although it is pretty tied to XML. It certainly wouldn't be that hard to 
write a DataBinding implementation that coudl serialize JPEGs, HTML, 
etc. Just a matter of time...

I also have a JSON binding in the works. But this is done by creating a 
stax implementation that uses JSON underneath. I should be able to demo 
this in a week as I have the reader side done and just need to finish 
the writing side.

- Dan

Dan Diephouse
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