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Re: Integrating XP Into Web Infrastructure

From: Dave Winer <dave@userland.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 07:51:43 -0800
Message-ID: <112701c07a54$11376b20$33a1dc40@murphy2>
To: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
>>To reinforce a point made earlier, very complex server-side structures can
be constructed on the fly using nothing beyond standard HTTP POST or query
string variables, simply by coding the necessary plumbing. I know because
I've done it.

Yes, I'm sure you have done it. I could pack up a Frontier table, and
base64-encode it and pass it to another Frontier node, and they would fully
understand what they're talking about, but..

What if I want to interoperate with code written Java, for example? This was
the big gotcha in RMI. You had to be in Java to understand it. Nice idea for
Sun, but no thanks. Theoretically I suppose we could have hacked it, but it
took less time and was safer to get SOAP out there, and coax Sun into
supporting it, so that we could do this openly and reliably.

Net-net: If you want to interop, XML is great, that's what it was designed
for. If you want to get the same thing with HTTP-POST, use XML, and then you
would have re-invented XML-RPC. ;->

Received on Tuesday, 9 January 2001 10:52:08 UTC

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