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

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On Tue, 2002-02-26 at 12:31, Leigh Dodds wrote:
> Hmmm...
> Fielding: "HTTP is not RPC"
> http://www1.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/evaluation.htm#sec_6_5_2

"What makes HTTP significantly different from RPC is that the requests
are directed to resources using a generic interface with standard
semantics that can be interpreted by intermediaries almost as well as by
the machines that originate services."

That's called redefining something in order to prove that you are not
it.  It's a nice rhetorical trick, and useful with people who already
believe your definitions, but I don't think Fielding escapes all claims
that the HTTP protocol is itself RPC.

Fielding's good food for thought, and so is Don Box.  I don't think
statements from either of them qualify as axiomatic, but they're
certainly good people to disagree with creatively.  

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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