On Feb 6, 2008 2:39 PM, Rick F.
How does one publish the RESTful web service(s) if not by WSDL?
As has already been said, RESTful services rely far more heavily on
conventions and already documented standards than SOAP. A well set up
RESTful service will be much easier for the client developer to
than your average SOAP service.
WSDL was somewhat helpful for working with SOAP services, but it was far
from ideal for a variety of reasons including its heavy reliance on the
ridiculously complex XML schemas. A WSDL alone was never enough for
but the most hardcore of SOAP developers.
Usually you’ll be able to get away with a human-readable list of your
resources, what parameters they expect, etc. There isn’t (yet?) anything
standardised for machine-readable resource lists but there is some buzz
around WADL –
If you haven’t already, it’s worth reading some of the discussion of
(in a more general sense than just how it works in Rails) around the
http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2007/04/30/REST-is-easy would be
place to start.
James S. - Web D.
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