RE: The Protocol [was: Syntax] is API Fallacy
W. E. Perry wrote: > Jonathan Borden wrote: > > > Furthermore I am suggesting that by enabling use of web native protocols > > under currently available distributed object systems we can move toward a > > better integration of distributed objects and the web. > > This is an admirable goal, and one which I believed in and pursued for some time. However, > 'currently available distributed object systems' were designed for closed enterprise networks > and have proved (are proving?) to be utterly unsuitable for the web. Whether or not an XML-RPC based distributed computing system is technically superior/correct/elegant/efficient to me is not so important. To me HTML + HTTP opened the door to an explosion of *content* publishing, where laymen were as successful as SGML experts. Nobody ever argued that HTML was superior to SGML; it was obviously more accessible, though. XML-RPC + HTTP can allow a similar explosion of *functionality* publishing. It allows distributed computing laymen to build remotely accessible applications with orders of magnitude less effort than it takes to build CORBA/DCOM/IIOP/etc. based distributed apps today. HTML is really a primitive layout format, yet it became pervasive overnight. XML-RPC based distributed apps could be seen as quite primitive compared to mature, rigorously designed distributed object frameworks, but they are so simple that they could become pervasive. I see it as the gentrification of distributed object computing. -- Andy ________________________________________________________________________ Andrew Fitzhugh fitzhugh@c... HP Internet Imaging Operation xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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