All REST Monday continues. Except for very large values of "inconsistent" -- like "one or the other doesn't use HTTP" -- I think a little more explanation is needed to support this:
REST-based architectures are not inconsistent with the WFS specification.
Again, the five key principles of REST (use of HTTP is implicit), from Stefan Tilkov again, are:
- Give every "thing" an ID
- Link things together
- Use standard methods
- Resources with multiple representations
- Communicate statelessly
The last of these is the only one to which WFS 1.0 strictly adheres. WFS does not specify permanent URIs for individual features; does not specify hypertext links among features, types, and services; uses GET or POST, yes, but interchangeably and in ignorance of PUT and DELETE; and does not specify use of HTTP content negotiation to select data formats. All of Tilkov's REST anti-patterns save number 5 (cookies) are written into the WFS specification, and so it still seems to me that WFS is mostly inconsistent with REST.