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Re: [Pki-devel] TPS REST interface design



On 7/1/2013 11:51 AM, Endi Sukma Dewata wrote:
 From http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec9.html#sec9.5:
The POST method is used to request that the origin server accept the
entity enclosed in the request as a new subordinate of the resource
identified by the Request-URI in the Request-Line. POST is designed
to allow a uniform method to cover the following functions:

- Annotation of existing resources;
- Posting a message to a bulletin board, newsgroup, mailing list,
  or similar group of articles;
- Providing a block of data, such as the result of submitting a
  form, to a data-handling process;
- Extending a database through an append operation.

The actual function performed by the POST method is determined by the
server and is usually dependent on the Request-URI. The posted entity
is subordinate to that URI in the same way that a file is subordinate
to a directory containing it, a news article is subordinate to a
newsgroup to which it is posted, or a record is subordinate to a
database.

Adding a new user or profile into a collection would be analogous to the
above examples.

Just to clarify, when adding a file into a directory we know the file name already. Still, this is given as an example of a POST operation. So, knowing the ID ahead of time is irrelevant to picking PUT vs. POST to create a resource.

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Endi S. Dewata


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