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Re: multiget reports Re: Thoughts on relation to WebDAV

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 17:02:30 +0200
Message-ID: <483D7406.6080708@gmx.de>
To: Helge Hess <helge.hess@opengroupware.org>
CC: WebDAV <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>, vcarddav@ietf.org

Helge Hess wrote:
> Its not really WebDAV specific in any way, it could be used for 
> arbitrary HTTP based protocols.
> 
> The problem with XML is that HTTP content is quite often binary :-) 
> Makes sense for properties (eg inside a batch), but IMHO not for HTTP 
> resource contents.
> 
> BATCH would be a simple concat of the requests/responses as if they 
> where issued separately. (but giving the server the chance to group them 
> for more efficient processing).

The problem with that is that it's extremely hard to deploy.

The right way would be to have it deep down in the stack, for instance 
the servlet container. But that doesn't happen easily.

If you implement on top, you basically have to re-implement most of the 
server-side HTTP stack to support it.

So it's kind of elegant to specify, but has its shortcomings :-)

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:30:02 GMT

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