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Re: The Two Way Web

From: Mark Baker <mark.baker@Canada.Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 11:49:43 -0500
Message-ID: <38CD1C27.D7386C06@canada.sun.com>
To: Fredrik Lundh <fredrik@pythonware.com>
CC: xml-dist-app@w3.org, soap@discuss.develop.com
Hi Fredrik,

Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> > I understand.  But I would argue that arbitrary RPC methods names have
> > no place being methods over HTTP.  It's an entirely different problem.
> really? 

Yes!  8-)

> the strange thing here is that people are using
> this already, and it seems to work extremely well.  may-
> be they've missed your arguments?


> that's fine.  the question here is why you argue that nobody
> else should be allowed to use it?

Whoa, hold on there.  I'm not claiming people shouldn't be
*allowed* to use it.  That's not my style.

> face it: XML-RPC (and the SOAP superset) solve existing problems,
> are efficient enough for many real-life purposes, and are already
> widely deployed.  I've implemented these protocols for Python,
> and the mails I get give a very consistent message:
>     1. people love it

People love HTTP more.

>     2. it works extremely well in cross-platform and
>        cross-language environments

As does HTTP.

>     3. people are smart enough to figure out when
>        to use it, and when to avoid it.

Maybe, but there are a lot of smart people using HTTP in a
harmful way today.

> (maybe you should give it a try?  you can find the Python version
> here: http://www.pythonware.com/products/xmlrpc )

I did RPC for 6 years (hand-marshalled/DCE/Corba/RMI).  I'm quite
familiar with how it works.  And I appreciate that XML-RPC/SOAP lets
me do RPC with less hassle and in a buzzword-compliant manner.  If
I needed to do RPC, I'd probably use it.  Luckily, since I figured
out what HTTP was all about, I've never needed to do RPC.

> > So, you're left with designing your own protocol if you've really
> > got a problem that can't reasonably be broken down to documents.
> > Or if you can break it down, use HTTP.  But please, no RPC.
> too late.  real people are using this for real applications.
> pissing on the parade won't change that.

And many (most, from what I've seen) of those real people are
actually *misusing* HTTP.  If it was a simple matter of them
shooting themselves in their own foot, then I wouldn't bother
speaking out.  But encouraging the proliferation of RPC over
the web is the quickest way I can think of to turn a loosely
coupled message-based medium, into a brittle, staticly-bound

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