Why REST when you can Astoria?
This is nice, potentially very nice indeed:
The goal of Microsoft Codename “Astoria” is to enable applications to expose data as a data service that can be consumed by web clients within a corporate network and across the internet. The data service is reachable over HTTP, and URIs are used to identify the various pieces of information available through the service. Interactions with the data service happens in terms of HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE, and the data exchanged in those interactions is represented in simple formats such as XML and JSON.
What I don’t get is why they don’t just say:
The goal of Microsoft “Astoria” is to expose ADO.NET data sources via a RESTful interface.
Anyhow, assuming that interpretation is correct, Astoria will make a nice bridge between TiddlyWiki, with it’s REST-friendly server adaptor architecture, and all that corporate data locked up in Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server. More power to our corporate/public mashup elbows.