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

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On Thu, Sep 26, 2002 at 05:04:53PM +0100, Alaric B. Snell wrote:
> In what way does the user of fnp://foo.com:AlaricsIM/getUserDetails(POSTAL) 
> need to know what getUserDetails means?

You called it a method name.  That's what method names are for.

> If they issue the call, they get back 
> a response.

What call?  What FNP operation will return the user details when
given that string?

> 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?

Perhaps I misunderstood.

Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
http://www.markbaker.ca        http://www.idokorro.com


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