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   Re: XML over HTTP: SOAP and ...?

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  • From: Tom Scola <Thomas.Scola@us.rbcds.com>
  • To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 15:13:11 -0500

Tim Bray wrote:

> 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.

So a web server is nothing but a big, complicated version of the Unix
inetd program?

> Exchanging messages with a web server via HTTP is
> commonly regarded as substantially easier than dealing with low-level
> socket library.

Most programs that are dispatched by inetd use stdio for input and
output, and are no more complicated than writing to a disk file.  And
then there's the dropped connection/timeout problem, which is
complicated to deal with no matter what the context is, and most APIs
tend to gloss over.

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