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Re: Stateful Web Services...

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 09:24:41 -0500
To: Geoff Arnold <Geoff.Arnold@Sun.COM>
Cc: www-ws@w3.org
Message-ID: <20041104142441.GA6086@markbaker.ca>

Good stuff Geoff, and I agree with your conclusion here about inventing
a new term, as reasonable and as well thought out as David's suggestion
is.  I would just add though, that I believe the lineage goes back much
further.  The work on NCP circa 1970, for example, has numerous
references to the issues of state management, including this one;

  After the server accepts the connection(s), it (they) goes
  immediately to a "connected state", and the appropriate
  ALL command(s) must be sent. [...] The main advantage to this
  approach is that it minimizes the dialog between user and server.
   -- http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc197.txt , July 1971

I wouldn't be surprised if it went back much further than that, but 1970
is about as far back as my (limited) knowledge extends (primarily
because the bulk of my exposure to the history of large scale
distributed computing came from reading RFCs! 8-).

On Thu, Nov 04, 2004 at 12:19:55AM -0500, Geoff Arnold wrote:
> Perhaps a little history is in order here.

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