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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: Why REST? (RE: [xml-dev] WSIO- With Name)

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On Tuesday 12 February 2002 12:56 pm, Alaric Snell wrote:
> > Can you point me to an RPC interface where a robot can, without
> > knowing the methods, walk through the data and find other RPCs
> > and, without knowing any methods, walk through the data and find
> > RPC and, ....
> CORBA. If the server ORB is set up to do so, IIRC, you can ask it
> for the IDL (IDL ~= schema) of a given IOR (IOR ~= URL). Then you
> can call every method that has no arguments and returns something
> containing other IORs - for methods with no arguments are equivelant
> to HTTP GET-able URLs. And you can tell from the type declaration
> whether a method will return any other IORs at all, so avoid
> spidering method results that aren't going to contain any further
> links.

... and of course, some of the ORBS provide HTTP gateway capabilities 
to tunnel IIOP over HTTP


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