Get and Post: Once More Unto the Breach


Last Thursday, Jon Udell wrote about the HTTP commands Get and Post after Dare Obsanjo (the person who wrote RSS Bandit, my RSS feed reader) wrote about how a couple of the more interesting Web APIs (Bloglines, Flickr, and del.icio.us) actually didn’t use them properly in their REST implementations. What’s interesting is that I can remember sitting in a room nearly seven years ago with Andrew Layman, Gopal Kakivaya, and Don Box (the primary authors of SOAP) arguing about whether and how SOAP 1.0 should use Get and Post. Seven years and people are still having to ask these questions. It kind of makes you wonder how long it takes developers to really understand a technology.


Comments (3)

  1. mheller says:

    I think you meant to refer to this Infoworld column of Jon Udell’s, not Larry Seltzer’s security column in eweek:

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/04/20/17OPstrategic_1.html

  2. mheller says:

    (and just to prove how easy it is to mess up a link, I accidentally messed up my own URL in the previous posting)

  3. johnmont says:

    I’m a dope. Yes, Martin, you’re right. I meant to point to Jon’s entry, not Larry’s. Though I did email Larry to commend him on having the temerity to point out what every developer has known since time immemorial — that ActiveX isn’t per-se unsafe.