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   Re: XML over HTTP: SOAP and ...?

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: Tom Scola <Thomas.Scola@us.rbcds.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 11:51:00 -0800

At 01:25 PM 3/7/00 -0500, Tom Scola wrote:
>Pardon my na´vetÚ, but I'm having a problem understanding the need for
>so-called "lightweight" protocols such as XML-RPC and SOAP in the first
>place.  If I wanted to write a distributed XML application I can:
>
>1. Open a socket to a remote system
>2. Authenticate the connection
>3. Send and receive XML-encoded data over the socket
>
>Step 1 requires about 10-20 lines of C code
...
>What could be easier than "send" and "recv"?  

Er. lots of things.  Exchanging messages with a web server via HTTP is
commonly regarded as substantially easier than dealing with low-level
socket library.  Furthermore, writing your application dispatch in the
context of an existing web server is commonly regarded as substantially
easier than setting up a connection management & dispatch facility 
yourself.

And I agree that in the general case, it's weird that being able to
penetrate firewalls is seen as a benefit, but that's life.  -Tim

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