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RESTful Enterprise Development



In this presentation, recorded at QCon San Francisco, ThoughtWorks' Ian Robinson explains how a RESTful HTTP approach can be applied in an Enterprise project. He makes use of many of the techniques that make HTTP a powerful protocol, including caching, hypermedia, and the use of standard formats such as Atom Syndication for event notification.


Ian Robinson is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he specializes in the design and delivery of service-oriented and distributed systems. He has published numerous articles on business-oriented development methodologies and distributed systems design, most recently in The ThoughtWorks Anthologyand on InfoQ. He is currently co-authoring a book on Web-friendly enterprise integration.

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Apr 29, 2009

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  • No subscriber list for the "polling" solution is not completely accurate.

    by Bediako George,

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    Although a subscriber list is not explicitly maintained for the poll solution, enterprise security considerations will force you to create a list of allowed consumers. Of course, authentication and authorization of those consumers must also occur. The end result, for all intents and purposes, is a subscriber list.

    This does not in any way take away from the greater point the presenter makes which is that the "consumer poll" approach is fundamentally different from the "enterprise service bus" approach, and in many cases represents a simple, efficient, and cost effective alternative.

    At Lucid, we have created an open source processing framework call Hannibal that promotes many of the values addressed in this presentation. If you are interested feel free to download it here:

    Bediako George

  • Re: No subscriber list for the

    by Dominique JOCAL,

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    even without security issues, the end result is always a list; the interesting point is to find a way to delegate it.
    Maybe you can also delegate security stuff also to other components:
    - putting applications in a secured area, so they can trust each other through anonymous calls;
    - or connecting applications to a common security system managing application identities and roles, and simply requiring a given role at the publisher level.

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