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Jon,I agree that ReST (Representational State Transfer) is orthogonal; in fact it is an architectural style for ROAs.
Actually, in my email I mentioned the comparison between the "REST Web technologies" and SQL. I meant the most common ReST implementation which uses HTTP verbs as a small set of operations implementing the CRUD pattern; in this case the architectural base
specifications are: Identification: URI;Interaction: HTTP (POST -> create, GET -> retrieve, PUT -> update, DELETE -> delete);
Representation: XHTML, other XML, PNG, ... Regards, --Stefano
Hi Stefano, Sure, it's definitely worth discussing OGC-REST. Thanks very much for putting this document together and stimulating an interesting discussion. To respond to some of your main points.A valuable case of REST approach is the SQL. In fact the SQL commands implement the CRUD functionalities, the FROM-WHERE clauses expresses unique resource IDs.It is certainly true that SQL can be used to express CRUD functions. However, I don't think it's true that every SQL command is a CRUD operation because SQL can do lots of things that simple CRUD and REST can't do (easily). Only very simple SELECT operations can really be considered as a "CRUD read", for example. Most SELECT operations will involve more queries that are more complex than simply getting a resource. They will involve subselecting and aggregating different resources to produce a unique result. This is what I think of as the distinction between a "read" and a "query" (a read is where you are getting a single, pre-existing resource - perhaps a single row in a table in a database, for example). Therefore, SQL can certainly be used in a REST implementation, but SQL is much wider than REST. How would you express the equivalent of an inner join in a RESTful URI syntax?Our point is whether it is possible to use the REST Web technologies for Geodata infrastructures as SQL technology has been used for DB infrastructures.I don't think this is a fair comparison. SQL is the query language for databases. REST is not a query language for geodata: it is an architectural style for web services. The OWS protocols are effectively query languages for geodata (which may, of course, be implemented using SQL on the server side). Therefore the geodata analogy for SQL is the OWS syntax. REST is an orthogonal concern, in my opinion. Best regards, Jon