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Discussion on Restlets at TSS January 5, 2006

Posted by Jerome Louvel in Restlet General.
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An interesting discussion is going on at The Server Side following the announcement of the Restlet project. So far the feed-back has been very positive.

Some suggestions:

  • Publish the code source of http://www.restlet.org as a sample application
  • Integration with Spring to export services as Restlets with a simple configuration
  • Build a Restlet Pet Store and compare it with a SOAP implementation (Axis)
  • Provide a Servlet HTTP connector as an alternative to standalone Restlet servers would facilitate the adoption and deployment in existing infrastructures
  • Configure a Restlet server with an XMLfile

Some concerns:

  • Concrete advantage of using REST vs SOAP
  • Benefits over Struts
  • Benefits over Ruby on Rails
  • Measurable improvement over Servlets and Struts in term of scalability and performance
  • Will NIO ever provide the promised benefits?
  • Restlets have no session mechanisms like Servlets, is it a feature? (short answer: yes!)
  • Will REST advance our productivity?

Feel free to jump in or comment via this blog. The next release is already well advanced and will include a new servlet-based HTTP connector as suggested by Michael Mayr.

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