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Site Seeing

Posted by cadsmith on November 25, 2007

Reviewed RESTful Web Services, Richardson and Ruby, 2007, 446 pp. Representational State Transfer (REST) goes with the grain basic web services to develop a resource-oriented architecture (ROA). It is an alternative to SOAP and Web service description language (WSDL). A hybrid version using remote procedure calls (RPC) is implemented on API sites such as del.icio.us and flickr, Amazon E-commerce, and Yahoo! search, and utilities including Atom Publishing Protocol (APP), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Google GData. The results are more addressable, cacheable, stateless and well-connected since URIs and links are exposed and HTTP is exploited. Examples are shown using AJAX, Javascript object notation (JSON) and a variety of frameworks. Authors’ sites: Richardson, Ruby.

In addition to client/server approaches, there is network metadata. While looking for ways to determine affinity between ISPs, e.g. with respect to services or members, ran across some interesting resources. InFlow author, and social-network-analysis theorist, Valdis Krebs reported on a discussion thread that his software can be used to show what networks have in common along with data mining uses. Another tool to display how elements are related, and which has gadgets for popular services, is Touchgraph for Google sites, Amazon books, and Facebook friends. Prospective service providers can map out various segments to determine how things are working and what might favorably be added.


One Response to “Site Seeing”

  1. Valdis said

    Thanks for the link John… but I am not a “theorist”, I am a practitioner, a consultant.

    Yet, I do enjoy discussing theory with the academics and theorists!

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