In last year’s JSF Burrito podcasts, I argued that I didn’t see the point of using a strong component model for JSF and that throwing away nice HTTP RESTful URIs is a Bad Thing. In an interview with InfoQ, DHH takes up a similar (though probably more polite) stance.
[There is an] assumption that all web developers really want to be desktop developers and that all web applications would be better if only they were more like their desktop counterparts. I don’t accept that assumption. I love working with the web as it is. I love the architectural patterns offered by HTTP and REST.
So in many ways, I see chasing a desktop-like view of the web as chasing the past, not the future.
I’ve written about my reactions to JSF one year after the burrito entries. I find myself clearly in the camp that DHH is in: making desktop-like web apps is chasing the past, using RESTful style development is an approach I prefer.
But that’s just me.