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Textual transmission typically faster?
- From: Mark.Papiani@ubsw.com
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 12:08:46 +0000
I just read p.19 of Brett McLaughin's book, Java and XML (O'Reilly),
and was a little surprised by the statement:
"Although some binary data formats can be transmitted very efficiently,
textual transmissions will typically average out as a faster means of
Could anyone expand on this statement for me, and perhaps supply
references to any papers/benchmarks that show some results?
I have read Several articles discussing XML/HTTP as a distributed
computing protocol and these often list the pros/cons of XML/HTTP
versus CORBA/RMI (or raw socket) based communications (or discuss how
these can be combined with XML).
An often quoted disadvantage of XML/HTTP is that it will be less
efficient than a binary protocol. It seems intuitive that compressed
formats would exhibit better network performance than textual
transmission. But perhaps this depends on the size of the chunks of
data to be transferred and the processing necessary to encode/decode
Dr Mark Papiani
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