Project Zero: IBM enables REST-based development

IBM's 'Project Zero' will help generate RESTful services

By way of Webservices.Org, details have emerged on IBM's Project Zero, which is, to quote, "an incubator project started within IBM that is focused on the agile development of the next generation of dynamic Web applications."

IBM's long-rumored RESTy WebSphere successor? The project provides free development code -- based on Groovy and PHP -- than enables end users to build mainly "REST-style services, integration mash-ups and rich Web interfaces."

IBM has opened the effort to a Community Driven Commercial Development process. Why call it "Project Zero" other than to sound cool and edgy? Project leaders say "Zero is a reminder of the project's aspirations: Zero unnecessary overhead and complexity. Zero barriers to success. Zero of what you don't need."

Very much in tune with the philosophy of Web 2.0 stuff.

Some commentators are surprised to see people at IBM now actively embracing REST:

"They are betting on both horses. In the enterprise they will still be waving PPT-ware touting the value of WebSphere-hosted WSDL-based SOA infrastructures. Then in Web 2.0 land they will be denouncing it and saying that REST is the future."

No surprise here. That's the IBM way.

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