Tuesday, April 20, 2004

80/20 REST to SOAP

XMLEurope, Monday "The keynotes were by Jeff Barr of Amazon and Steven Pemberton from W3C. Interesting to hear some detail about the Amazon Web Services, including the 80/20 split between developer use of REST and SOAP interfaces to the Amazon catalogue, and the business case for making the catalogue available in machine-processible format: essentially the value is not in their catalogue per se, and they have a business model for third party sellers and affiliates, so WS access just makes this relationship easier. The output example he gave looked to me very close to RDF; with Amazon's XSLT service it could be transformed to it very easily I think."
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