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RE: What are web services good for? (WAS: RE: Two new features o f the Web)
- From: Al Snell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Tim Bray <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 09:40:28 +0100 (BST)
On Tue, 21 Aug 2001, Tim Bray wrote:
> You can see XML-RPC/SOAP and hangers-on as an RPC facility that
> is unusually transparent - in that you can see how it all works
> and implement it yourself without recourse to complex libraries
> beyond an XML parser
Is it that bad to install a library as part of developing an application?
I mean, you install plenty of other libraries most of the time anyway! It
hasn't stopped Gnome applications from succeeding (they need a *lot* of
> - and at the same time unusually opaque -
> in that you really aren't going to break things by changing
> from a little-endian to a big-endian architecture, or from
> Win2K to Solaris, or whatever. These are probably good things
> in an RPC facility.
I've never seen a serious RPC facility that doesn't have this feature :-)
> Also the HTTP prejudice makes it very little work to integrate into
> existing web infrastructure.
That's closer to the mark
> Having said all that, the hype level is really getting silly.
Alaric B. Snell
http://www.alaric-snell.com/ http://RFC.net/ http://www.warhead.org.uk/
Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software