Twin Cities Software Symposium
October 12 - 14, 2007 - Minneapolis, MN
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RESTlet for the Weary
If you have started to take a look at REST as way of exposing web services or managing information spaces, you may be frustrated by the support offered by legacy containers. There is no direct support for REST concepts in the J2EE specs (yet). XML-based configurations are so 1990's. Come learn about Restlets, a little API that has caught the attention of many in the RESTafarian community.
The Restlet API was created by a guy who wanted object-level support for RESTful concepts, but didn't want to make the move to an advanced resource-oriented environment like NetKernel. He wanted his REST and conventional environments too. He also wanted a path to more modern containers that aren't tied to a blocking I/O model like the Servlet spec is.
This talk will include a brief review of REST and its primary concepts and will then provide an introduction to the Restlet API and how it supports these ideas. It will then focus on standing up a REST-oriented infrastructure using the Restlet API and a variety of other open source tools to support a publish/find/bind infrastructure without touching SOAP/WSDL/ or UDDI.
This talk will not try to convince you about using REST. If you aren't familiar with the concepts or want convincing, please come to the "REST" talk first.
Prerequisite: REST (unless you are very comfortable with REST)
About Brian Sletten
Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.More About Brian »