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Re: Sun and independent developers

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 19:19:40 -0400 (EDT)
To: Dave Winer <dave@userland.com>
cc: <paulo.gaspar@krankikom.de>, <xml-rpc@yahoogroups.com>, <soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com>, <decentralization@yahoogroups.com>, <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>, Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, "Tim O'Reilly" <tim@oreilly.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0109071908460.28041-100000@tux.w3.org>

On Fri, 7 Sep 2001, Dave Winer wrote:

> Elliotte -- when XML-RPC came out there was nothing like it, and no concept
> that anything would follow it that did the same thing. It's a mark of its
> success that now everyone thinks it was so obvious.

While XML-RPC *was* special, and admirably simple, the ideas it embodied
were by no means alien to the Web community.

eg. see "Accepted Position Papers" to the Joint W3C/OMG Workshop on
Distributed Objects and Mobile Code,June 24-25, 1996, Boston, Massachusetts


	"This workshop will identify a range of software architectures for
	combining and scaling web technology and object technology."

The WIDL submission, http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-widl in particular I was
fond of, perhaps because of the cute name :)

If there was "nothing like" XML-RPC, that distinction may be one best made
in terms of its simplicity and adoptability, rather than w.r.t. the basic
technical approach it embodies.

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