The IESG has approved 'The Atom Publishing Protocol ' as a Proposed Standard. This document is the product of the Atom Publishing Format and Protocol Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Lisa Dusseault and Chris Newman. Technical Summary The Atom Publishing Protocol HTTP-based protocol for publishing and editing web resources, and is particularly useful for (but not limited to) blogs. It supports ideas such as collections of multimedia items and categorization of items. It uses the Atom format (RFC 4287) for its messages.
It's tremendously difficult to argue a RESTful approach to a service-oriented architecture (SOA), when the corporate mindshare is SOAP--where project stakeholders tout the SOA buzzword, nod their heads sagely when you say SOAP, nod their heads again when you say XML-RPC, and then look blankly when you mention REST. At an official level, it seems that for the IBMs, Suns, Microsofts, and Oracles (et al) of this world, REST isn't even on the radar; perhaps more because they would find it difficult to build a commercial strategy around something that is based on simplicity and standards (like HTTP) that have been around for years, than from a true lack of visibility at the coalface.
Has Web services, the technology intended to simplify programming, gotten too complex?
Tim Bray: You, dear readers, have ringside seats! Does the power of naming everything with URIs buy enough to compensate for the inconvenience of having to jam complex requests into them? Does the convenience of packaging up your request in XML buy enough to compensate for the loss of naming power? Is the future of the Web spelt S.W. or W.S. or both or neither? Stay tuned.
Roger L. Costello provides a brief introduction to REST and describes how to build Web services in the REST style.
Introductory-level discussion about REpresentational State Transfer, the name given to the architecture of the World Wide Web by Roy Fielding.