[ARIN-consult] Automated templates

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Fri Dec 19 13:59:24 EST 2008

I really don't see a need to make this overly complicated with XML when
for what ARIN templates require a simple attribute/value pairing and
RFC-822 style plain text is quite adequate to the task.

attribute: value

What more do we need?


On Dec 19, 2008, at 10:47 AM, <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:

> I believe that XML templates submitted through a RESTful API are the
> best overall solution. EPP may be useable in part but there could well
> be gaps and rather than try to update/influence EPP, I think ARIN is
> better off going it alone. On the client side, it is minimal effort to
> generate a special ARIN XML format once you have set up what you  
> need to
> create filled-in XML templates. I wouldn't want to see delays caused  
> by
> problems with EPP.
> At its heart, the REST architectural style is about leveraging a
> hypermedia and a representation of the resources in an application.  
> addresses the resource aspects, but the hypermedia part is a bit more
> subtle and many tools/systems claiming to be RESTful, are not really
> what they claim. Because of this, I think that the planned interface
> specification should be made public for discussion *BEFORE*  
> development
> work is invested into building it. More info on this issue is  
> available
> at
> <http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/rest-apis-must-be-hypertext- 
> driven>
> Also, since it will be a REST API, it doesn't need to be narrowly
> focused on just template submissions. Since you will be giving URLs to
> resources (e.g. a template) there is no reason that the URL used to
> address the template could not be a permanent reference to the address
> block that was then allocated. In this way, you would end up with most
> of a REST API for the whois directory.
> --Michael Dillon
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