[Biogeosdi] Report from OGC meeting

Renato De Giovanni renato at cria.org.br
Tue Jul 17 16:57:49 CEST 2007


Most of you already know that I really like the REST style, but in 
the case of OMWS I think these would be the only benefits:

- Simple methods like getAlgorithms, getLayers, getProgress, etc. 
could be invoked without using any XML.
- No need to have SOAP headers and SOAP envelopes.

This would certainly simplify things, but at the same time it's not 
such a big difference. If during the biogeosdi meeting you had to 
deal with a REST API instead of the SOAPish one, my feeling is that 
the biggest benefit would be that you would not spend any time trying 
to get it working with existing SOAP libraries. I suppose this was 
the biggest problem: trying to get it working with a SOAP library 
that doesn't support document/literal well, or with a SOAP library 
that doesn't have good documentation.

If you didn't spend any time trying to get it working with SOAP 
libraries and if you concentrated only in generating the XML requests 
by hand and parsing the XML responses by hand (ignoring the SOAP 
headers), you could get it working with approximately the same effort 
as if it was a REST API. The document/literal SOAP style doesn't 
require you to deal with SOAP encoding, which would force you to use 
a SOAP library and could bring incompatibilities between SOAP 

Another alternative would be to use the SOAP extension in PHP:


Or even this interesting tool, since OMWS has a WSDL file:


Anyway, I just wanted to make these general comments about the 


On 15 Jul 2007 at 19:58, Tim Sutton wrote:

> Hi All
> I got a chance to read through through the final report - really great
> job! I think we need to take the comments on omws into account and
> implement it as a rest service at some stage. Javi thanks for bringing
> it all together and getting it sent off to Lee.
> Regards
> Tim

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