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20041008 Friday October 08, 2004

Interfaces and wire protocols for web services A lot of great feedback emerge during and after the Technorati hackathon.

The hackathon percolated a lot of interesting ideas. One of the bits of feedback that caught my attention was from Chris Fry:

There are some drawbacks however to not having a WSDL and to not using SOAP. (1) You are bound to HTTP; (2) If you version the contract how do you notify your clients? (3) Related to 1, no SOAP Headers; (4) No public contract other than your documentation.

This sounds great, getting Technorati developers out of the wire-protocol-awareness business (unless they want to be in it) is one of my goals for future development efforts with the Technorati API. The direction I'd like to take it is an "all of the above" implementation where API consumers can fiddle with the low level if they want to (via REST w/XML, REST w/XOXO, xml-rpc or whatever interface to du jour is desired) but also provide a SOAP interface for those who want to use WSDL to skip all of that.

We have some work to do internally at Technorati to get us to that point though.

( Oct 08 2004, 10:58:31 AM PDT ) Permalink


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