Want to be cool? Learn Facebook, Want a career? Learn REST
Not long ago someone blogged: Want to be cool? Learn REST. Want a career? Learn WS-*.
I know this to be untrue: In my entire life I’ve never been one of the cool kids, and I still don’t have a Facebook account, but I did learn REST. Quod Erat Demonstrandum.
I’m not dumb enough to make a statement as outrageous as this:
Everyone will have to use WS-* commercially if they want to interact with systems from the major software vendors.
I’m not saying its right, just that its reality.
But I will say that the REST drumbeat seems to be reverberating to the point where if you’re not seriously considering REST as a fundamental element of your web services strategy, you’re probably going to regret it.
Or perhaps its just the recognition of the obvious: web services ought to look more like the web.
Something big is happening, I can feel it.
Turns out the Facebook Platform is indeed REST, so maybe I’m cooler than I think.