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From: "Mark Baker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Karl Waclawek wrote:
> > > What is it that prevented CORBA from gaining more ground in the market?
> With CORBA, given an identifier, you need to know what it identifies
> *before* you use it, i.e. you need to know it's a stock quote to know to
> invoke getQuote(). With the Web, given an identifier, you find out what
> it as *after* you invoke GET on it.
Although this is not quite true - given that CORBA has DII - I think I understand
what you want to say: With GET you always get some (more or less) meaningful
result, and it is immediately accessible to human interpretation.
> The coordination costs with the latter are *dramatically* lower than
> with the former. And between untrusted parties, cheap coordination is
> CORBA didn't succeed over the Internet because it wasn't designed to.
My original question was more about CORBA vs. web services/applications,
not the web in general, but you brought up a good point.