I wrote a paper about HTTP in TiddlyWeb for WS-REST 2010 and today learned that is was not accepted. Based on the comments in the reviews as well as the titles of those papers that were accepted I think this is an appropriate decision on the part of the program committee. While there is a general consensus that the paper is well written and interesting (3 of the 5 reviewers say the paper was the best they reviewed), there are concerns from some reviewers that it does not make a substantial contribution to the academic field. That’s probably true.
So while it is a bummer the paper did not get accepted, it is very nice to have the comments from the reviews. They were quite enlightening. I also now have a paper I can stick on my website. Please read it if you are inclined and if you do, I appreciate any comments you might have. The official title is TiddlyWeb: HTTP for Tiddlers. Here is the abstract:
TiddlyWeb was created as a web-based storage system for TiddlyWiki, a single-user all-in-one-HTML-file wiki. TiddlyWeb answers the question: Using what we know about the open web, and especially HTTP, how would a system that supports multiple users and sharing of TiddlyWiki content be designed and built? The answer leads to a resource oriented design. TiddlyWeb builds on learning from previous systems. Its design and implementation illuminates useful patterns in service development and highlights common wisdom in systems design. Though sometimes described as a RESTful store for tiddlers, it is perhaps more appropriate to call it an HTTP store. Rather than going into detail on the architecture of TiddlyWeb, this paper reflects on the lessons learned during development.
My apologies for it being a PDF. Despite being a web oriented conference, the normal ACM rules apply: follow the template, submit as PDF. This results in an inaccessible document fraught with problems that others have explained in more detail.
Overall the process has been very positive. I enjoyed writing the paper, it crystallized many thoughts that were laying about latent in my brain, and it’s always nice to get some well thought out feedback.