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   Re: [xml-dev] Web Services - what is the alternative? (was TAG on HLink

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On Thursday 26 September 2002 16:35, Mark Baker wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2002 at 10:25:45AM +0100, Alaric B. Snell wrote:
> > fnp://foo.com:AlaricsIM/getUserDetails(POSTAL)
> That's not an identifier, it's a serialized method invocation.  You are
> requiring that the consumer of it know what "getUserDetails" means.
> Lots of Web developers may use HTTP URIs that include what looks like
> a method name, but the key difference from your example is that they
> don't require the user of that URI to know what the method means,
> because they return the goods on a GET.

In what way does the user of fnp://foo.com:AlaricsIM/getUserDetails(POSTAL) 
need to know what getUserDetails means? If they issue the call, they get back 
a response. You could gateway the protocol onto HTTP by mapping that to 
http://foo.com:<some non-80 port>/AlaricsIM/getUserDetails?type=POSTAL and do 
a GET to it, and the result would be identical. So where does any knowledge 
of the semantics of getUserDetails have to come in, huh?

> MB


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