Argumentum ad adminiculum: the WS-fallacy
Sam Ruby finds
the advantage of REST over WS-* in (among other
things) the fact that HTML
be authored by a mere mortal in a text editor, whereas WSDL
clearly designed to be produced by tools and consumed by
I think this is a key point — the key point — one
which I can’t emphasize enough:
If I can’t quickly hack up a prototype using some
combination of Emacs and curl, something is
seriously wrong with your technology.
WS-* advocates usually don’t even see this as a problem, because they commit argumentum ad adminiculum:
They've forgotten that it's turtles all the way down: if the end-users aren't writing the markup, someone else is, namely, the tool developer. Tools don't grow on trees, and technology that makes the markup-writer's life easier (be they end-user or tool-developer) will be more widely adopted than those that make their life more difficult.
guilty sometimes about the lull in [his] WS-Rants, because the
forces of WS-Complexity and WS-Darkness are out there
As tool hackers, it falls to us to defend the simplicity and
elegance of the
style of the Web from these
of WS-Complexity and WS-Darkness.