A comparison of REST and SOAP

Here’s a good comparison of REST and SOAP, two approaches for “Web Services”. Unlike a lot of discussions, this clearly explains the differences in philosophy between the two, and hence makes it a lot easier to decide which one you are most comfortable with.

Flat Vs Hierarchical information storage

Really interesting blog post by Tom Evslin (creator of Microsoft Exchange Server) on how information systems have evolved in a comparatively short period of time from being Hierarchical to Flat: The WorldWideWeb is where Moore’s Law met Metcalfe’s Law. Information management – the way we find out what we want to know – went from hierarchical to flat in just … Read More

“Feeling Secure”

Bruce Schneier quotes “Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief” : ” Nothing works more in a thief’s favor than people feeling secure. That’s why places that are heavily alarmed and guarded can sometimes be the easiest targets. The single most important factor in security – more than locks, alarms, sensors, or armed guards – is attitude. A building protected by … Read More

SHA-1 Broken

From Bruce Schneier’s web log: SHA-1 has been broken. In simple terms, a Hash algorithm takes a document and generates a fingerprint for it. If the document changes, so should the fingerprint. See here for a more more detailed explanation. Hashes are an important part of any Digital Signature scheme, and SHA-1 is one of the more popular (and until … Read More