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   Re: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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Mike Champion wrote:
> I guess my question is, "If HTTP is so general, why are vendors such
> as BEA, Tibco, Progress, etc. moving to other protocols to "ensure
> delivery of XML documents" via web services?  It's easy to agree with
> Mark Baker (especially after browsing the REST Wiki) that in
> principle HTTP is a 99/1 solution for internet communications, so why
> is the world backing away from this in practice?

In my experience, it takes weeks of thought and effort to truly
understand REST if you have been "raised" in an RPC or messaging
culture. People do not even know that they should put in that effort.
I'm hoping to help to change that with an xml.com article in the near
future. Anyone who contacts me offlist can get an early peek for
evaluation purposes.

 Paul Prescod


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