Architectural Building Blocks

XML.com: Reviewing Web Architecture [Dec. 17, 2003]

As the AWWW puts it, the architecture of the web is based upon three concepts, each of which is related to the idea of a resource: identification of, interaction with, and representation of resources. Since, as we know from the REST position, the web is an information space within which agents have access to various representations of the state of various resources, it makes sense to orient the building blocks of the web's architecture around the idea of a resource. These concepts correspond, of course, with particular technologies, like URIs (the means of resource identification), the HTTP protocol (the means of agent-resource interaction), and various representation languages, like HTML, XML, RDF, etc. (the means of resource representation).
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