REST vs. WS-*

I’ve been following a discussion thread between Tim Bray, Don Box, and
Dare Obasanjo concerning the future of web services. (see here,
here and here) There seems to be a developer backlash against
the WS-EverythingButTheKitchenSink platform being touted by Microsoft,
IBM and Sun. (among others) Most developers seem to be using

REST instead
of the WS-* stack to create public web services. I’ve been dabbling
with REST with .NET in my (extremely limited) spare time, and I totally
agree with both Dare and Don. We definitely need better tool support for
REST. I’ll be interested to see how this all plays out.

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