REST Pessimists

Several people have started to push back on the REST vs. WS-* and RELAX vs. W3C XSD and Rails vs. JEE fronts with a self-defeating argument. Well, of course, you’re right they say; but it doesn’t matter. The big vendors are selling these big, expensive complex solutions; and that’s all the CIO hears; so that’s all that matters. Sure, you can get the job done better/faster/cheaper with Rails/REST/RELAX, but you won’t. Well, to these pessimists I have a one-word response:


It doesn’t matter how nicely you wrap a dead fish. Sooner or later it starts to stink, and gets tossed in the garbage.

3 Responses to “REST Pessimists”

  1. John Cowan Says:

    Meanwhile, the oppressed corporate developers of the world need to make a living for the next ten years before it not only stinks, but shines, like a rotten mackerel by moonlight. (Trope by John Randolph.)

  2. Pete Lacey Says:

    The problem with this argument is that after throwing CORBA in the garbage they replaced it with SOAP, not REST. I wonder what they’ll replace SOAP with?

  3. Andrzej Taramina Says:

    J2EE = Corba 2.0

    ’nuff said. ;-)

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