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RESTful design of complex Web forms May 4, 2007

Posted by Jerome Louvel in Restlet General, User interface.

In a previous post, I’ve introduced you to frevvo, a start-up that provides Web 2.0 visual forms, with a full WYSIWYG builder based on AJAX.

Recently, they have been playing with Restlet and implemented one of the REST design pattern (“View and Entity resources”) that was discussed by the Restlet community. It is a very compelling illustration that REST applications are perfectly capable of handling complex Web forms without compromising with the REST principles.

What is also cool is the fact that the Entity Resources can be either stored locally along with the View Resources (and accessed by a simple Restlet method call), or remotely and accessed by HTTP. This illustrates the power of uniform interfaces in REST/Restlet.


Congrats Ashish and Yuri, I look forward to reading the next blog entry in the series!

Update: two follow-up posts are available:

  1. Visual REST apps: Part 2 – documents
  2. Ajax+REST: the next killer app?


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