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Re: Some notes on the Request-Response MEP, prompted by asynchronicity

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 18:45:24 +0000
To: www-ws-desc@w3.org
Message-Id: <200301231845.24909.miles@milessabin.com>

Amelia A. Lewis wrote,
> On Thursday, January 23, 2003, at 01:00 PM, Miles Sabin wrote:
> > But I read your mail as asserting that this would be needed for any
> > conceivable asynchronous protocol (hence Joe Random), and that's
> > not true.
>
> I am asserting that any given MEP must account for multiple network
> paradigms, and not implicitly tie the definition to a particular
> paradigm by failing to expose properties.

This cuts both ways ... exposing protocol-specific properties can also 
implicitly tie the definition to a particular paradigm. And trying to 
generalize across all protocols will have the usual problem of 
generalization: you can use the intersection of all properties, which 
is too small to be useful; or you can use the union of all properties, 
which is too unweildy to be useful; or you can try to find an awkward 
compromise somewhere in the middle which will probably satisfy noone, 
but with a bit of luck might be just about good enough.

I don't think there's any easy answer here ... tho' if you're saying 
that the status quo is too HTTP centric, then I'd agree.

Cheers,


Miles
Received on Thursday, 23 January 2003 13:45:56 GMT

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