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   Re: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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On Wednesday 23 January 2002 12:04 pm, Paul Prescod wrote:
> We aren't implementing DNS. Doesn't it seem a little odd to post
> about the inefficiency of TCP to an *XML* mailing list? Where is the
> inefficiency of a SOAP call really going to come from?

For fine-grained synchronous calls, a lot of the overhead *is* in 
TCP/HTTP. As I said before, the performance characteristics of SOAP 
over HTTP are such that it skews you away from these kinds of 
applications, which people *are* building, and the systems built this 
way are failing the test of least surprise. I should note that SOAP 
over UDP also suffers vs. binary RPC over UDP.

There are a lot of situations where SOAP over HTTP is fine. It's not a 
panacea though, and REST assured, REST isn't perfect for everything 

People mistake generality for general applicability far too often...


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