[Openstack] Crazy Idea for API Formats
mike at openstack.org
Sat Mar 5 23:45:11 UTC 2011
On Mar 4, 2011, at 10:55 PM, Sandy Walsh wrote:
> Interesting ... do I get back an instance object or just a key/value dict?
I'm thinking an actual instance object. And we would provide code for that. Like, if someone was getting instances, they could download my Obj-C Server class and use that.
> Is the attraction not having complex/multi-package client libraries to import?
> If the client was: obvious to download, easy to install/update and had a full object model ... would that be better?
That would be nice. I don't think this is something we absolutely must do or anything; I just thought it would be a very nice convenience for developers using various languages.
> From: Michael Mayo [mike at openstack.org]
> Subject: [Openstack] Crazy Idea for API Formats
> All this talk about auth and making the API easy for developers to use got me thinking.
> The two most popular formats for APIs are XML and JSON.
> XML is language neutral and sort of painful to read by a human. And writing an XML parser sucks. It's not hard, but it's time consuming and annoying.
> So... how about we offer more native formats for other languages? For Java developers, offer raw binary that represents a Serializable when they call something like GET /servers.java. Zero parsing for Java developers.
> For Objective-C, GET /servers.cocoa returns XML in the NSPropertyList XML format. Again, zero parsing.
> If Python has object serialization you could do it too. That would probably be the easiest to code.
> What do you think?
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