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Article: Interview with Restlet creator Jérome Louvel

Restlet, a Java framework for building applications according to the REST architectural style, has just reached its 1.0.0 milestone. InfoQ had a chance to talk to Jérome Louvel, creator of the framework, about the reason for Restlet's existence, REST support in Web services frameworks and in Ruby on Rails, expectations for JSR 311 and Restlet's roadmap.

Read the interview here.

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  • REST support in Axis2

    by Sanjiva Weerawarana,

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    FYI Axis2 does not only support GET and POST but PUT and DELETE as well. Axis2 is the only full implementation of the WSDL 2.0 HTTP binding at this time and most certainly does not have a requirement to pass the method as a parameter.

  • Re: REST support in Axis2

    by Jerome Louvel,

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    My comment was based on this page describing the REST support in Axis2:

    Also, Axis2 is said to only support WSDL 1.1 which doesn't include binding to PUT and DELETE, as far as I know:

    If the feature is available, it isn't well documented :)

  • Excited with Restlet

    by Nenad V. Nikolic,

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    Hi there,

    A week ago I was introduced to Restlet framework and I was blown away by its simplicity.
    I'm using it for a couple of hours I can already realize its potential. The Restlet introduction succinctly describes the situation.

    I'll try to be even more concise... We've been held captives of servlets and web frameworks built on top of servlet technology like like Struts. Granted, introduction of the architectural design pattern like MVC deserves a credit. I'd also mention portlets who haven't innovated much on top of servlets. At the end of the day we're still living in a world of XML-obsessed client-server web architecture. One would expect that democratization trend of Web2.0 should have brought something good to the web development approaches as well and it actually did with REST and Restlet framework.

    Treating servers and clients as alike, treating data as resources found on a particular address are powerful concepts that can free developers from many constraints imposed on us by the legacy of servlets and its limited use of HTTP protocol (and everything else that ensued).

    Props go to Jérome and his team for Restlet framework and giving a such name to the framework and the software concept (and Java class). Indeed, it is a step forward beyond servlets and portlets.

    I guess I'm not contradictory since I had the same idea of implementing a Restlet start-up engine using an XML configuration file? ;-)



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