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   Re: Asynchronous message queue by SMTP&POP3

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  • From: Simon Hargreaves <simonh@think-oasis.com>
  • To: "K.Kawaguchi" <ml@swiftinc.co.jp>, "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 21:44:00 +0000

"K.Kawaguchi" wrote:

> By using "XML over HTTP", we can send XML messages across the internet
> now. This could be easily done by using components like
> Microsoft.XMLHTTP.
> Analogously, I think that by using "XML over SMTP/POP3", we can send XML
> messages asynchronously. This looks very useful in many situation.
> My question here is that is there any good components that can handle
> "XML over SMTP/POP3"?
> If there are none, how about starting a small open-source project for
> this? (provided that there are some interest for this project)
> It would be great if there exists handy,free, and reliable such
> components.

I would have thought layering a messaging protocol over existing email
protocols, would be a bad idea. It would be better to have a service that
could contain proccessing components based on the type of message going in
e.g. the DTD. and also make it secure e.g. SSL from the start. The service
based system could then utilise a single service program sitting on a
specified port and that could then pass the proccessing on to custom
components. A "Bidirectional" protocol like http would be OK, but firstly
there is a lot of baggage that goes along with http and it is already being
used for lots of other things, and standard messaging port would be a great



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