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   Re: [xml-dev] SOAP and the Web

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On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 11:15:39PM +0100, Bill de hÓra wrote:
> There's simple, though non-obvious reasons why the common use of SOAP
> will never see this type of growth.  Primarily, it's because the a
> priori contract that is present between a SOAP sender and a SOAP
> receiver is insufficient to generate any network effects.  HTTP provides
> a much richer contract.  And for that matter, so does FTP, SMTP, and
> every other application protocol in existence.
> >>
> Can you substantiate that claim?

Sure.  HTTP, and every other application protocol, have methods.  SOAP
doesn't.  SOAP (the common use - do I have to keep saying that? 8-) is
at a lower layer in the stack because of this.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com


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