RestFS: Resources and Services are Filesystems, Too. Kaylor, J., L̈aufer, K., & Thiruvathukal, G. K. In pages 39-46.
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We have designed and implemented RestFS, a software framework that provides a uniform, configurable connector layer for mapping remote web-based resources to local filesystem-based resources, recognizing the similarity between these two types of resources. Such mappings enable programmatic access to a resource, as well as composition of two or more resources, through the local operating system's standard filesystem application programming interface (API), scriptable file-based command-line utilities, and inter-process communication (IPC) mechanisms. The framework supports automatic and manual authentication. We include several examples intended to show the utility and practicality of our framework.
@inproceedings{ kay11,
  crossref = {wsrest2011},
  author = {Joe Kaylor and Konstantin L̈aufer and George K. Thiruvathukal},
  title = {RestFS: Resources and Services are Filesystems, Too},
  pages = {39-46},
  doi = {10.1145/1967428.1967439},
  abstract = {We have designed and implemented RestFS, a software framework that provides a uniform, configurable connector layer for mapping remote web-based resources to local filesystem-based resources, recognizing the similarity between these two types of resources. Such mappings enable programmatic access to a resource, as well as composition of two or more resources, through the local operating system's standard filesystem application programming interface (API), scriptable file-based command-line utilities, and inter-process communication (IPC) mechanisms. The framework supports automatic and manual authentication. We include several examples intended to show the utility and practicality of our framework.}
}
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