Posted:April 3, 2009

Whether You Call it ROA or WOA, It Simply Works

Brian Sletten, newly with Riot Games, has just completed his four-part REST for Java developers series on JavaWorld.com. The series, which began last October, was wrapped up this week.

The series is highly readable and a real keeper:

The printable versions are the easiest to read since you don’t have to get stuck in JavaWorld’s annoying document-splitting style.

Brian prefers to use Sam Ruby‘s term of resource-oriented architecture (ROA), though I have preferred to use Nick Gall‘s Web-oriented architecture (WOA) nomenclature. In any case, the series is highly informative and clearly written and is sufficiently general in Parts 1 and 4 and most of Part 3 to be of use to non-Java developers.

What is quite interesting is that Brian also makes the connection between a REST Web service style and linked data in Part 4, as I suggested a few months back. (In fact, for those familiar with REST, I recommend you start with Part 4.) Again, I think RESTful Web services in combination with RDF and linked data points to the winning and performant architecture of the foreseeable future.

Thanks for a great series, Brian!

Posted by AI3's author, Mike Bergman Posted on April 3, 2009 at 11:58 am in Linked Data, Structured Web, Web-oriented Architecture | Comments (0)
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