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   RE: [xml-dev] MS thinks HTTP Needs Replacing???

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Don Box - champion of COM. Is it any wonder that HTTP is no longer
sufficient. Besides, it's not Microsoft proprietary.

Dave LeBlanc
Seattle, WA USA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 9:09
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] MS thinks HTTP Needs Replacing???
> See
> http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2105076,00.html
> 'The protocol used to deliver Web pages has reached its limits for Web
> services and peer-to- peer applications, according to Microsoft .Net
> evangelist Don Box ...
> Among the problems with HTTP, said Box, is the fact that it is a Remote
> Procedure Call (RPC) protocol; something that one program (such as a
> browser) uses to request a service from another program located in
> another computer (the server) in a network without having to understand
> network details.
> This works for small transactions asking for Web pages, but when Web
> services start running transactions that take some time to complete over
> the protocol, the model fails. "If it takes three minutes for a response,
> it is not really HTTP any more," Box said. The problem, said Box, is that
> the intermediaries -- that is, the companies that own the routers and
> cables between the client and server -- will not allow single
> transactions that take this long."'


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