RE: CORBA's not boring yet. / XML in an OS?
This brings up a related question regarding XML and interchanging data between web servers. Is there something like IIOP for this? I mean an overlaying protocol to establish, manage and break bi-direction XML traffic. In my scenario, I want to develop a published specification (read DTD) to provide all the details of accomplishing an order in an e-commerce environment. In this case, business #1 (B1) wants to order material from business #2 (B2). The web server at B1 uses some middle tier logic (Java) to determine how to get to the right B2. B2 has a web site for individual orders but can also take a standard order in XML (again, in my published DTD). But how does it do that? In other words how do I push XML down the server's throat? I know that a form could be used on B2 that had a field that could be filled in with a hlink back to the XML file on B1. Or the URL of B1's XML file could be placed in some CGI parameter. Or some combination of FTP and CGI could be used (in cases where the requirements of B1's server prohibit retrieval of files this way (perhaps because of security.)) But it seems to me that this approach just utilizes normal HTTP, which seems to be ill-designed in the way of bi-directional data flow. Is someone working on an more elborate mechanism for this? Do we need a XIOP? Just rambling.... Ed Ed Howland ed@d... http://www.dega.com "As your attorney, I advise you to take some adrenalchrome"
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