REST and POST

Lucas Gonze lucas@gonze.com
Thu, 23 Aug 2001 13:10:43 -0400


I have a sincere objection, but not a fundamental one.

The syntactic properties of GET and POST are different, as well as their
semantic ones.  It must be possible to use POST semantics for interactions with
no side effects -- otherwise implementors who need POST syntax will continue to
ignore the semantics, and the semantics will continue to be meaningless.

This was the stumbling block for most of the early conversation about REST/RPC.
It can be dealt with and put away or stay on indefinately as a nagging problem.

Unless someone can show why POST/GET syntax have to be connected on a formal
level with side effects...