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+Webmachine gives you a place to define the representations and other Web-relevant properties of your application's resources -- with the emphasis that the first-class things on the Web are resources and that their essential properties of interaction are already quite well defined and usefully constrained.
+You could call Webmachine a REST toolkit if you wanted, and I wouldn't argue with you. However, even that doesn't tell you what exactly it does.
+It is an application layer that adds HTTP semantic awareness on top of the excellent bit-pushing and HTTP syntax-management provided by mochiweb.
+A Web application in Webmachine is a set of resources, and resources are defined by functions or predicates over their state. That might sound abstract or confusing, but it turns out to be quite simple to implement. I've provided some trivial examples to show just how simple it is.
+The very first implementation of Webmachine was inspired in large part by version 1 of Alan Dean's HTTP flow diagram. I subsequently worked with Alan to improve the diagram as we developed Webmachine. Webmachine's request handling engine reflects the result of that collaboration explicitly.