Cheesy post titles aside…
I just discovered the very simple but incredibly useful RESTClient at: http://code.google.com/p/rest-client/ .
It’s a simple Java GUI app for testing out one’s REST services. You can choose your: URL, HTTP method, add any custom headers, add a body for PUT/POST, set auth info, SSL info, and do simple scripting.
This is an incredibly useful tool, AND a far cry better than doing it all on the command line with curl.
Thanks @subwiz (the project owner)!