It just got easier to build REST apps in .NET
The REST starter kit that we launched at PDC is now live! :: http://www.msdn.com/wcf/rest .
The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that help people build REST apps using WCF. WCF, part of the .NET Framework, got some enhancements for REST support in the .NET 3.5 release. This starter kit is a bunch of blueprints and supporting material to make it easier to use what is in the Framework for REST.
Like, blueprints and guidelines for how to do caching, security, error handling, help page support, conditional PUT, push style streaming, type based dispatch and semi-structured XML support. Whoa!
The WCF REST Starter Kit also provides Visual Studio templates for creating REST style services such as an Atom feed service, a REST-RPC hybrid service, Resource singleton and collection services and an Atom Publishing Protocol service. In addition, there are samples, documentation and other guidance that help to use these new capabilities.
The goal is to provide a toolset that simplifies building RESTful services today, and to take feedback from the developer community on the features provided in the WCF REST Starter Kit that will shape future REST capabilities in WCF 4.0.