You'd think that a language with only a handful of verbs, only two of which are widely spoken, would be easy to learn. Not so in the case of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, though. After more than a decade we're still sorting out how and why to use its most common verbs: GET and POST.
This perennial issue recently flared up again when Microsoft's Dare Obasanjo noted that three popular services had got it wrong. Bloglines, Flickr, and del.icio.us all offer APIs that claim to be RESTful -- that is, to conform to the Representational State Transfer principles of HTTP -- yet each violates those principles by allowing GET in some cases where only POST should be allowed. [Full story at InfoWorld.com]
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