Rails, REST, and anarchist XML

by Simon St. Laurent

I'm happy to report that Ruby on Rails not only offers a comfortable way to develop web applications, but that a little-noticed feature makes some formerly theoretical open approaches to XML much more immediately practical.


4 Comments

Gregg Pollack
2008-01-26 12:40:59
I couldn't agree more ;-)


I love how Rails has taken the REST principles and built them into the architecture of the web framework. I suspect there will be other frameworks that follow suit in the next year.

David Webber
2008-02-01 12:10:49
WRT - "we may finally be reaching the point where XML is starting to behave the way Walter Perry said it should, unconstrained by data structures negotiated in advance" - I'm definately a subscriber!


See the OASIS CAM template work also - for how you can create adaptive interfaces that are NOT brittle - and truly agile. And http://www.jcam.org.uk for the Eclipse editor tool.


Enjoy.

Keith Fahlgren
2008-02-02 12:44:06
The state of XML tools in 2001 when Simon asked: via the WayBack Machine. Cute :-)
Personal Trainer
2008-08-06 22:16:02
I've been looking for this for quite a while now. It was a difficult task to find something so simple... I create an XML doc using XMLSimple and then serve it using render :xml. Easy!