Dave was asked to explain the REST vs SOAP debate. he says:
The distinction between SOAP and REST is minimal. If they would just roll up their sleeves and build some toolkits they could stop complaining about SOAP. But the people who promote REST aren't people who actively develop software. If they were there would be no "debate."
As many times before, his single-minded blinders view of the world is incorrect. He should watch about making blanket statements.
I am an active developer, using REST and SOAP on a near daily basis. Each has benefits, and each has problems. There is no debate. They are not mutually exclusive of each other, and can both exist.
I have a question for you, Dave. How can you do this without REST, keeping it this simple:?
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?> <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"> <xsl:variable name="localWeather" select="document('http://www.perceive.net/xml/weather/kentucky-louisville.xml')"/> <xsl:value-of select="$localWeather/city/temperatures/current_farenheit" /> </xsl:stylesheet>