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Re: Proposal for cleanup of RPC section (issue 195)

From: Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 17:57:27 -0400
To: "Jean-Jacques Moreau" <moreau@crf.canon.fr>
Cc: Jacek Kopecky <jacek@systinet.com>, Herve Ruellan <ruellan@crf.canon.fr>, xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF5355D6DD.40A4599D-ON85256B96.0079A5A5@lotus.com>
Jean-Jacques Moreau writes:

>> Wouldn't this add a dependency on WSDL? I don't think we should go 

An emphatic +1.  One of the very important things about SOAP RPC messages 
is that they are to a significant degree self describing.  This is a great 
importance for use of SOAP in dynamically typed languages, for which use 
of WSDL is often inappropriate.  It's highly desirable, IMO, if I can 
inspect a SOAP RPC message and tell by looking only at that message "this 
is a call on a method named X with arguments named A1, A2, .. (or supplied 
by position, which I can determine from the use of the array 
construction).  I believe we have this today.

Similarly, I think it is important to be able to understand and RPC 
response without reference to WSDL.  I am concerned that proposal for void 
returns does not have this self describing characteristic.

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