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   Re: [xml-dev] Can you stand yet another SOAP-RPC vs HTTP GET question?

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4/19/2002 11:04:40 PM, Robin Berjon <robin@knowscape.com> wrote:

>That rant (or semi-rant, depending on the tone) has been around the net [1] 
>for a few days and imho isn't about to stop too soon as more widely visible 
>web services appear. 

Hmm, one comment on that weblog may say it all: "There's one significant 
difference between Google's XML results and Google's SOAP API: the 
XML results gave you a document and left you on your own; the SOAP 
API gives you pre-digested data structures."

"Pre-digested" being the operative word, and very much in the spirit of Robin's
reply.  Oh well, I've lost my mind, but I still have my teeth, so I guess
I'll stick with the old folks' way a bit longer.

>I'm not denigrating anyone, and in fact this approach could be better in the 
>very same way that some languages are sometimes considered better because 
>they let you do less. 

I for one don't mind the option (or even the default) of getting the data back
pre-digested into data structures, lists, tuples, or whatever the native language
idiom happens to be. I do mind a) having to mutter a bunch of gibberish to get the data and 
b) not having the option of seeing the response in its raw XML (SOAP is fine!) format.


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