Re: Mini-rant on Java REST (JAX-RS), JSON, XML, JAXB etc...

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Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:55:35 -0500
On 3/2/2013 9:46 AM, Fredrik Jonson wrote:

Kevin McMurtrie wrote:

  SOAP is one of the worst widely adopted protocols ever. It makes LDAP
  seem sensible. Just say "no."

Funny, this makes me think that each generation of programmers is doomed to
reinvent the wheel. Only, it isn't the wheel, it is RMI, CORBA, SOAP, or
some other remote service invocation protocol that's widely used.

A few years ago I had the impression that most parties had actually just
begun to become proficient in designing reasonable and usable SOAP services.
There was light at the end of the tunnel. Then all of a sudden it seemed as
everyone decided JSON over REST is the new black. And we were back where we
started again.

Fashion in IT waste billions of dollars.

Now I find my colleagues and business relations discussing how to approach
schema validation for the JSON models published by our REST services - as if
that is a novel concept in computer science. And while that goes on in one
corner, elsewhere new REST-services are published every day, without a
thought given to versioning, maintenance, or if the current database
ER-model really is suitable as raw types in the REST service API too.

Yes. We are learning that WS technology invented by frontend
JavaScript and PHP developers may be more lightweight than those
invented by billion dollar software companies, but that more lightweight
does not automatically mean good.

Yes, I'm well aware of the arguments why JSON is better than XML,

Besides data size (bandwidth) I don't see much at all.

Well - I did not count fashion.


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