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strong vs. weak typing

From: Ken MacLeod <ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us>
Date: 12 Jul 1998 21:03:36 -0500
To: www-http-ng-comments@w3.org
Cc: casbah@ntlug.org
Message-ID: <m367h2se12.fsf@biff.bitsko.slc.ut.us>
I've done my first mid-level reading through the working drafts and
I'm noticing a heavy bias towards strongly-typed applications and
languages, but it's not stated in the goals whether this is
intentional or not, outside the brief reference to CORBA, DCOM, and
RMI in the introduction.

I'm a member of the Casbah Project <http://www.ntlug.org/casbah/>,
where we're creating an environment for developing distributed
scripting applications, supporting multiple scripting (and compiled)
languages.

The communication model we're implementing is very similar to what is
described in the HTTP-ng Architecture Model, with the notable
exception that our request and object serialization are patterned
after Objective C's Distributed Objects and Python's pickling, and is
weakly-typed and supports primitive method calls without the use of
IDLs.

It would be great if you could clarify whether the typing bias is
intentional or not.  If this is an oversight, we can provide our
prototypes and keep you informed of our progress.  We believe both
types of protocols can be supported in the same architecture model,
with a good possibility that a translation layer could be supported to
map between the two.

Thanks,

-- 
  Ken MacLeod
  ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us
Received on Monday, 13 July 1998 13:20:57 EDT

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