Explaining REST to Your Grandmother

Ryan Tomayko has written a good post on explaining REST to a nontechnical audience. Unfortunately for Ryan, the whole "how I explained it to my wife" angle left him open to some complaints of sexism. His response (that he was using his wife in reference to an average layperson, not an average female) seems reasonable enough. Still, the episode can serve as an important reminder to us all. If you're going to talk about explaining technology to the family luddite, stick with your grandmother. People are more willing to attribute her inexperience to a generation gap rather than to some sexist prejudice on your part.

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