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Webmachine is a Web toolkit unlike any other. Whereas typical Web frameworks focus on programming language first, sprinkling pieces of HTTP into the mix where convenient, Webmachine puts HTTP semantics front and center. In doing so, it handles much of the HTTP "heavy lifting" for applications, and helps them perform as good Web citizens that work well with other Web components such as caches, proxies, and web-savvy clients. This column explores a Webmachine wiki application called Wriaki, showing the simplicity it gains from being layered over Webmachine.
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2012