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Session Management

From: Micheál Healy <michael.healy@engitech.ie>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 17:48:51 +0100
Message-ID: <005501c0b7a6$f7a03620$6801a8c0@engitech.ie>
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Hi,

We've got a new project and the chance of designing a new three tier
architecture from scratch (usual presentation server forwarding requests to
an application server which implements all business logic and connects to
the database server).

We decided to use XML to encapsulate the communication between presentation
and application. It makes sense for its flexible object serialization.

At a higher level we are then considering the use of SOAP or XML-RPC, but we
need to implement the concept of a session, with single login and secure
communications, and an RPC over HTTP doesn't seem to offer that capability.

We might resort to EJBs transmitting SOAP messages as strings if we find an
economical way to implement a SOAP server that accepts strings as well as
socket streams, but it seems like the architecture might turn out to be more
complex than necessary.

Are we missing some obvious feature on SOAP that would make the EJBs
unnecessary?

Any comment would be appreciated,

TIA,

Micheál Healy
Received on Wednesday, 28 March 2001 11:49:19 GMT

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