Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Restlet Talk

I spoke last night at the Java Users Group about Restlet. It's a basic introduction to both Restlet and trying to link data across web sites. I wasn't very happy with the example - it was basically stolen from a Rails introduction. At least I could answer the question about why you would allow your data to be searched (to sell adverts on your recipe web site). I think it went down okay, mainly because most Java developers are used to large frameworks and complicated APIs in order to do what Restlet does (so it's impressive), the Rails developers knew some of the concepts already and while most are wary of RDF, SPARQL, OWL and the Semantic Web stack it was a fairly incremental addition to achieve something reasonably powerful.
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