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Re: Why the Web?

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 12:34:14 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200112141734.MAA18843@markbaker.ca>
To: brian@hursley.ibm.com (Brian E Carpenter)
Cc: moore@cs.utk.edu (Keith Moore), janssen@parc.xerox.com, discuss@apps.ietf.org
> Mark,
> I worked in process control systems for ten years or so, and
> my answer is: no, mechanisms such as you describe aren't
> good enough. You need transactional reliability.

If you mean that an HTTP operation needs to occur within the context of
a larger transaction, HTTP can do that so long as the interaction
remains stateless (see [1]).

But I question whether this is needed in the use case I provided.
Perhaps if you're controlling a thermostat used in some chemical
engineering plant you'd need it, but not in a house.

 [1] http://www1.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/hypermail/2001/0044.html

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
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